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Bali Beach Warning as Bacterial Bloom Poses Danger to Swimmers


“Authorities in Bali have advised against swimming off Kuta Beach, one of the resort island’s most popular tourist sites, due to a reported bacterial bloom in the water.

The government-run Ngurah Rai Fish Quarantine Laboratory announced on Thursday that the bloom caused a drastic drop in the pH level of the water, making it more acidic and killing off large amounts of plankton.

Laboratory head Putu Eka Sudaryatma said the sudden die-off of micro-organisms had colored the water a turgid brown.

‘Under normal conditions a pH test of the water should have yielded a 7, which means it’s neutral,’ he said. ‘But when we tested a sample taken on Tuesday night, it had a pH of 4. Plankton can’t thrive in water with acidity levels that high.'” Read more.

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