Giant seaweed bloom threatens beaches in Florida and Mexico

Beach covered with Sargassum seaweed on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

You can now add a super bloom of sargassum to Florida’s current red tide situation. Having seen and smelled multiple feet of rotting sargassum on the beaches of the Yucatan, this is no bueno.

A raft of brown-colored seaweed in the Atlantic is so vast it can be seen from space.
Spanning roughly 5,000 miles — about twice the width of the United States — the thick blanket of sargassum floats between the Gulf of Mexico and the shores of West Africa.
Scientists say this bloom is one of the largest on record, stoking fears that seaweed invasions of beaches in the coming weeks and months could be particularly severe.

LINK (via NBC News)

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