Scientists say that the bloom that is floating out in the ocean is “twice the width of the U.S.” and is currently headed for Florida. The 5,000-mile-wide blob of seaweed is so huge that it can be seen from space. This blob is believed to be the largest in history.
While the massive blob of seaweed does wonders for marine life while floating in the middle of the ocean, if it were to was up on the Florida coast — it could cause major issues. For starters, there is so much seaweed, that it would block out the light and coral and other marine life that thrives near the coast – would die off.
In addition, as seaweed decomposes and dies off, it releases hydrogen sulfide, which is dangerous to not only marine life, but humans as well. The hydrogen sulfide can pollute the air and cause respiratory and vision problems.