This Spring break, South Florida shores have been covered in heaps of sargassum, or brown, tangled masses of seaweed.
It’s smelly, unpleasant and washes up in large quantities on coastlines.
The dense seaweed sargassum is moving in earlier than normal, and this year’s bloom is enormous, claims Dr. Brian LaPointe, a researcher at Florida Atlantic University.
“It wasn’t until 2011 that we began to see this unusual bloom develop in the central tropical Atlantic Ocean,” says LaPointe.
Experts warn that the enormous quantity could have negative environmental effects if it does reach our beaches.