Sargassum, a seaweed-like algae, covers a beach on June 15, 2019 in Tulum, Mexico. Mexico's Riviera Maya Caribbean tourist towns of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are being inundated with tons of foul-smelling seaweed-like algae called sargassum that has turned the pristine blue waters brown and littered the white sands beaches. The government of Mexico is concerned that if the problem persists tourism could suffer. Scientists from South Florida University's College of Marine Science say that sargassum mats could be brought on by global climate change since increased nutrient flows and ocean water upwelling brings nutrients up from the bottom. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It seems like everyone I know is talking about their upcoming beach vacations. If your summer plans include a trip to a sandy spot in Florida or Mexico, you may find that your party has been crashed. No, not by cocaine shark. I’m talking about “The Blob.”

According to NBC News, a massive blob of seaweed is drifting across the Atlantic straight for the Gulf of Mexico. And “massive” is not an exaggeration. The seasonal sargassum algae bloom, as its formally known, stretches five thousand miles. It’s so big that it can be seen from space.

While the seaweed is beneficial to sea life when it’s in open waters, it can kill coral and harm the ecosystem when it gets close to shore. It also stinks, which is not what you want on your beach vacation. The blob is currently in the Caribbean and is threatening the coasts of Florida and Mexico.

Even a little seaweed on the beach can be off-putting. The amount that’s rolling in with this bloom, one of the largest on record, can have a significant negative impact on beach tourism. However, since this is an annual occurrence, crews should be ready when “The Blob” reaches the shores.

Seaweed-Like Algae Threatens Mexico's Riveria Maya Tourism Industry As It Washes Up Upon Once Pristine Beaches

A worker uses a wheelbarrow to clean up piles of sargassum, a seaweed-like algae, from a beach on June 15, 2019 in Tulum, Mexico. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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