Record amounts of seaweed this summer have caused historic damage to beaches and cut tourism in Florida, Mexico, and the Carribean Sea, the UPI website reports today (August 16, 2019).
The seaweed has piled up several feet deep in South Florida and other regions, becoming a plague for tourists and wildlife.
"It's much worse today than it's ever been," said Stephen Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University in Miami.
He added, "There's always been some seaweed, and it was dealt with by plowing it under the sand. But they can't plow it under now, because it's just too much. So they have to haul it."