Corrr(nwall) look at that view! Last week our beach walks heavily featured coastal stretches which smelt like a family of twelve ate a dodgy curry, leaving their plumbing blocked and overflowing in an August heatwave. 💩
‘But, why? Why does it smell like poop?’ I hear you ask. Well my friends, it’s the seaweed. At this time of year seaweed isn’t removed from beaches like it sometimes is during the summer months, building up into pile which start to biodegrade, producing hydrogen sulfide gas. You know, the one which smells like rotting eggs. Lovely. 👍🏻
Eagle-eyed beach goers may have noticed the seaweed coastal invasion increasing in volume in recent years, and there are a few reasons scientists think it’s creeping further up our beaches. Climate change warming the seas a little, for one, combined with increases run-off of land-based nitrogen fertilizers into the ocean, can make for bumper crops of the slimy algae. Just another reminder of how wide-reaching the effects of our daily activities can be...
Though now you won’t have to pay sky-high spa prices next time you want a seaweed wrap. Swings and roundabouts. 🤔