Aworrying discovery of toxic blue-green algae at Loch Flemington, situated east of Inverness, has prompted authorities to issue urgent warnings to the public. The presence of this hazardous algae, known to cause severe health issues in humans and animals, has raised concerns about the safety of the water and surrounding environment.
Blue-green algae, also referred to as cyanobacteria, can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, and allergic reactions when exposed to humans and animals. Loch Flemington has a history of suffering from this harmful phenomenon, with a devastating incident occurring in 1995 when 500 trout were wiped out in a single day due to the algae outbreak. The once-prized trout fishing location lost its appeal, leaving a lasting impact on the ecosystem.