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Caribbean swamped by seaweed that smells like rotten eggs

Caribbean swamped by seaweed that smells like rotten eggs

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From Belize to Barbados, tourist beaches have been swamped by huge tides of foul-smelling Sargasso – and climate change could make the problem worse.

At sea, Sargasso is an essential habitat for some marine life, but when it reaches land it rots, sucking up oxygen from the water and emitting hydrogen sulphide gas, which smells like rotten eggs.

It has washed up in the Caribbean in unusually large amounts since 2011, but this year the largest volumes ever have appeared on shores from Barbados to Mexico, with piles several feet deep stretching for miles, and dozens of meters out to sea.

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