Local resident Ian McDonald gives tips for people visiting Mindarie Marina to see the blue glow of algae.
GLOWING bioluminescence has lured hundreds of people to Mindarie Marina in recent days to experience the phenomena.
The appearance of the blue glow coincided with a Health Department warning about eating fish, crabs and shellfish caught in the marina on November 21.
Testing showed potentially toxic microscopic algae at elevated levels and the department warned that consuming the seafood could result in paralytic shellfish poisoning, which may cause muscular paralysis.
Mindarie resident Ian McDonald said it was the third year he had seen the bioluminescence and it had lasted about three weeks so far.
“I’ve never seen the place so busy,” he said.
Mr McDonald said people should not throw rocks or sticks into the water, as it created tripping hazards and affected the fish.
“People have thrown rocks in the water and it spooked the fish,” he said.
However, Mr McDonald said many people had taken the right approach by using buckets, paddles, fishing rods or sticks to stir up the glow.
“I’ve seen plenty of people there with a bucket,” he said. “That’s the best way to see it: scoop a bucket up and pour it back in.
“People are getting sticks and stuff and just drawing in it and that’s fine as long as they don’t throw them in afterwards.”
Mr McDonald threw a fishing net for Connolly resident Ian McCamley, who took photos over the weekend between 10pm and 1am.
“Most were taken by pouring water or dragging sticks through the water, so long exposures of around five to 10 seconds were needed to capture all the action,” Mr McCamley said.
“It was great fun, and quite a challenge, to take photos of this memorable event.”
Connolly photographer Ian McCamley captured this photo of Mindarie resident Ian McDonald throwing a net into the water