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.