Expats confused by bright orange sea in Brittany

Published:  10 Jul at 6 PM
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Expats and locals living along the Brittany sea coast were shocked to discover the sea had turned orange overnight.

Visitors to Brittany’s unspoilt beaches last weekend were shocked and concerned when they saw the waves close to the shore had turned a bilious shade of orange. After being summoned to examine the unusual phenomenon, officials banned the general public from entering the water at Moelan de Mer, Clohars-Carnoet and Tregunk until they could discover the reason for the strange colouration. Sooner rather than later, the news came that the orange hue was simply a natural phytoplankton bloom caused by Noctiluca scintillans.

The bloom is expected to spread along the coastline towards Morbihan over the next several days, with officials reporting exposure to the orange water presents very little danger to humans. However, they’ve also issued advice stating that swimming in the algae-infested waters isn’t recommended, children should not be allowed to play in the sea and dead fish, crustaceans and shellfish should not be consumed. Taking a shower after contact with the orange waves is also advised.

Meanwhile, expats into animal welfare and a group determined to free a circus elephant have a lot to celebrate as circus performer Maya is now liberated and safe in a safari park in Italy. Animal protection group One Voice had been campaigning for Maya’s release from the Lot-et-Goronne circus and had given the owners until the end of last month to release the female pachyderm into their care as she had been living in conditions said to be an ‘act of cruelty’. Releasing the elephant took 12 months of negotiations, some eight months of work, 400,000 euros and one special transfer. with Maya now settled int her new home and enjoying a large bathing pool, lots of grassy space to roam and sand to sleep on.
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