"Guacamole-thick" algae blooms invade Florida beaches

Florida: the smelly, algae blooms invaded the Atlantic beaches | Photo: Greg Lovett/AP

Smelly, toxic algae have invaded the Atlantic coast of Florida, in the United States.

The smelly algae blooms are the result of nutrient discharges flowing out of Lake Okeechobee. The green slime hit St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon, and quickly arrived at the local beaches.

The green algae are highly toxic and affect humans, animals, and plants. If drank or touched, it will cause headaches, vomiting, nausea, coughing, hay fever, pneumonia and, in the long-term, liver disease.

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