An aggregation of seaweed so large it is visible from space is approaching Florida’s Gulf coast at a record pace.
The blob, which contains over 20 million entangled tons of a brown, buoyant seaweed called sargassum, harmlessly floats through the Atlantic Ocean for the majority of the year. Sea creatures like jellyfish, sea turtles and crabs reside inside the bloom, using it for shelter and nutrients.
However, for humans, the algae bloom is anything but a harmless source of shelter and nutrients. As it inches closer towards Florida, which it does on a seasonal basis, scientists fear the worst.