Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Be careful where you go.
Be careful where you decide to take your next beach vacation. Seaweed is
currently running rampant in one popular destination. Yes, seaweed.
Called sargassum, the stinky plant life is apparently growing rapidly in the
Caribbean and causing the tourism economy there to dip, New York Magazine
reported recently. When the seaweed washes up on shore, it apparently
collects in heaps as high as four feet. There, it starts to smell bad and
attracts hundreds of flies. As the publication notes: "The exact cause
of this year's supersize sargassum bloom isn't known, but theories range
from altered ocean currents caused by climate change to the long-standing link
between ocean-choking algae blooms and fertilizer runoff from farms.
" Mexico's coastline has a huge tourism economy. It attracts more than
10 million tourists—and over $8 billion in revenue—each year, according to
the magazine. "Beaches are what we sell to the whole world and what we
depend on, directly or indirectly, for all our income," said José Eduardo
Mariscal de la Selva, who directs Cancún's maritime department, to the
publication. Mexico spent $9 million this year in an attempt to clear
the sargassum from its beaches. This article originally appeared on
Fortune. com. More from Fortune:
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