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Red-Tainted Beaches in Australia Close for Testing

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Blood red water has stained several Australian beaches, making the popular surf spots resemble something out of a horror movie.

Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach and nearby Clovelly Beach have been closed so authorities can test the water.

While red algae isn’t toxic, people are advised to avoid swimming in the algae-stained water because its high ammonia levels can cause skin irritation.

Despite the warnings, it didn’t stop some swimmers from jumping in to the surf.

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