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On Wednesday, August 24th, residents on Ambergris Caye were surprised to see the beaches full of Sargassum. The previous day the shoreline appeared free of the brown algae; just hours later, the beaches were choked with the brown seaweed, with more expected in the coming days. A report by the National Meteorological Service of Belize on Wednesday indicates there is a chance that more Sargassum mats could affect beaches across the country during the next few days.

According to reports, there is a forecast of about 32,000 tons floating on the Caribbean Sea and moving west. Authorities of different countries, such as Mexico, continue to look at ways to prevent these mats from reaching the beaches or to collect them from the shores as soon as possible.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

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Sargassum on the beaches of San Pedro. Photos by Jorge Aldana.

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