27 July 2010, JellyBean @ 6:33 am

If you’ve paddled out in the past few days, you might have noticed weird, neon green slimy stuff floating around in the water next to you.

I was out at 36th Street in Newport Beach this morning, where with each breaking wave, the green stuff was lighting up the whitewash and creating a strange color that had me praying it wasn’t toxic and ending up in my mouth.

The neon stuff – which some are saying is algae – floated around near shore along the coast the past few days. When I saw it this morning between jetties in West Newport, the green stuff was forming bubbles on the water’s surface. When a wave broke around a surfer riding the wave, the wave would turn green around him – not a pretty “I’m in the Caribbean” green, but an “I hope I don’t wake up with a third eye” kind of green.

OC Register reporter Pat Brennan put in a call to the Orange County Health Agency – they have no idea what this stuff is either.

“The Orange County Health Care Agency has been unable to identify the substance, but so far has found no evidence of bacterial contamination, and no illnesses have been reported,” said program manager Larry Honeybourne.

I’m not the only one who has noticed this stuff. I met up with US Open champ Brett Simpson this morning for an interview about the upcoming competition, and he said he’s been surfing in it, but has no idea what it is.

“It’s kind of freaking me out,” he said.

Read more here: OrangeCounty.com and OC Register

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