The Caribbean coasts of Florida, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and other countries are threatened by a huge mass of sargassum seaweed that has accumulated in the Atlantic Ocean. This mass might put a significant damper on the tourist season.
Sargassum has long formed substantial blooms in the Atlantic, and scientists have observed enormous accumulations since 2011. However, this year’s sargassum bloom, which spans more than 5,000 miles from the coast of Africa to the Gulf of Mexico, may be the largest in history.
Dr. Brian Lapointe, a researcher at Florida Atlantic College’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, predicts the algae will be seen on Florida beaches beginning in July as
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