Thick layers of seaweed coat the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning, Saturday December 5, 2020.
Thick layers of seaweed coat the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning, Saturday December 5, 2020.

PHOTOS: Foul-smelling seaweed ‘like an oil slick’ at Rainbow

Tourists and locals alike have woken up to find a foul-smelling coating of seaweed lining the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning.

Thick layers of seaweed coat the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning, Saturday December 5, 2020.
Thick layers of seaweed coat the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning, Saturday December 5, 2020.

Photos taken from the main beach show dense deposits of the acrid weed coming in with the waves and washing up along the shoreline, making it hard for beachgoers to cool off on what is proving to be another hot summer morning.

Thick layers of seaweed coat the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning, Saturday December 5, 2020.
Thick layers of seaweed coat the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning, Saturday December 5, 2020.

One beachgoer said the “rancid, rotting” seaweed resembled an “oil slick” and was about 20cm thick in some places.

The beachgoer said the seaweed lined the beach all the way up towards Inskip Point, but a small patch had cleared along the way.

Thick layers of seaweed coat the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning, Saturday December 5, 2020.
Thick layers of seaweed coat the shores of Rainbow Beach this morning, Saturday December 5, 2020.

Another visitor said the state of the seaweed was bad yesterday, but had become even worse by this morning.