Noting “tan oil slicks floating in waters along the South Shore and other parts of the island,” officials said it “seeks new areas for coral spawning to breed” and “may look unsightly.” It may be, but this act of nature is one and should be celebrated because it reflects the superior health of Bermuda’s reef system.”
A government spokesperson said: [DENR] We have received reports of what appears to be a tan oil slick in the waters along the South Shore and other parts of the island.
“DENR can advise that this natural occurrence is actually a large raft of pink/orange/brown coral seeking new areas to breed.
“As ugly as it may look, this act of nature is to be celebrated as it reflects the superior health of Bermuda’s coral reef system.
However, swimming and walking in large thick patches is not recommended. As the spawning begins to decompose, the smell becomes more pungent.
Also, while swimming near spawns is generally safe, contact with spawns can cause susceptibility-related problems in some individuals, so be careful. ”
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