Professor identifies 'brown goo' washed up on beach
UPDATE, 3.30PM WEDNESDAY: A UNIVERSITY professor has given a tentative identity of the brown sticky goo washed up on a Clarence Valley beach.
A spokesperson with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries department passed on news of the find on Ilaroo Beach, near Wooli, to the NSW University of Technology.
"I have spoken with Dr Penelope Ajani from UTS about your article and photo to see if it could be identified," the spokesperson said.
"Dr Ajani indicates it is very likely to be an algal bloom from upwelling of ocean waters or a tropical specie carried down in the East Australian Current - which is common for this time of year."
"However, she cannot be sure without looking at it down a microscope and identifying the species."
EARLIER: A SOUTH Grafton angler is mystified by a brown, sticky substance in the water and on the beach at Ilaroo, near Wooli.
Daniel Martin visited the popular fishing destination to try his luck along the beach, but the brown substance made it difficult.
"It was really sticky and stuck to the fishing line," he said.
"It was everywhere in the water and washed up on the beach."
Mr Martin, who is a regular beach angler, said he had not seen this substance before.
"It might be an algal bloom or maybe coral spawn has washed down in the current.
"There was a strange, fishy smell on the beach I have not experienced before."
He said there were no dead fish along the beach, but he only saw a few fish in what is normally a plentiful area.
"I'd be interested to find out what it was," he said. "Maybe someone out there knows what it is."