Sunbathers had to dig though a carpet of slime to find the sand when an entire beach was coated in seaweed – leaving it bright green.
Families arriving at Preston Beach, near Torquay, Devon, found the half-mile… stretch of golden sands completely covered in four inches of slippery, stinking seaweed.
A few hardy souls dug through the pea-green goo until they found the sand underneath.
Others simply gave up, blaming the council for failing to clear the seaweed which regularly coats the beach but is normally removed.
Local Carol Greechan, who headed to the sunspot with her two grandchildren, said: “I’m been going there for 30 years and I’ve never seen it so bad.
“It was crispy on top and slimy underneath. The smell was absolutely revolting but the colour was remarkable.
“It was heart-breaking – we had to dig a little hole to find some sand in a pool of seaweed.
We have got beautiful weather but you can’t go on the beach.”
Torbay Council said it cleans its beaches on a rota and Preston hadn’t been scheduled for a clean-up on Monday.
A spokesman said: “There is a rota for beach cleaning – usually three beaches each day – and Preston is cleared on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays, depending on the suitability of the tides and how busy the beach is.
“This year there has been one complaint from a member of the public about seaweed on beaches.
“It is widely understood that the tide and the sea will generate this natural occurrence, especially in the summer, and that Torbay Council has a reliable and appropriate system in place for its removal with minimal disruption to beach users.”
Photo caption: Get stuck in: Families who wanted to enjoy the sand first had to strip away a layer of slime
Frank Jezierski, Mirror
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