Millions Of Maggots Washing Up On Sydney Beaches

Warning: this is REALLY gross

30 January 2018

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If you're planning a trip to the beach anytime soon, it's probably best to give it a miss.

This comes as millions of maggots are washing ashore on Newport and Bilgola beaches.

As a consequence of this discovery, the Bilgola rock pool was closed on Tuesday, and it appears to be simply a case of waiting for the maggots to grow into flies.

A council pool cleaner emptied the rock pool, only for it to fill up again with more maggots from the ocean.

One woman reportedly went for a swim, only to later notice that her swimming costume was full of maggots, according to the Daily Telegraph.

It is believed that flies may have landed on seaweed that had washed up on the shore, resulting in the large number of maggots in the water.

"Natural beach conditions along with warm water have contributed to an infestation in the seaweed caused by flies laying larvae," the council's manager of environment and infrastructure Ben Taylor said.

Seagulls are swarming at the area, with reports that 200 were spotted feeding off the maggots.

People are advised to avoid swimming in affected areas.

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