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Seaweed partially clogging up Southwest Florida beach

Posted at 2:29 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 11:32:58-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A slimy sight on a Southwest Florida beach Thursday, just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.

Images shot by a Fox 4 employee along Turner Beach on the south end of Captiva Island shows what appears to be seaweed accumulating on the sand and in the water.

According to a map by Mote Marine, there is some drift algae reported on Sanibel and Captiva islands.

There is no need to be concerned; drift algae is non-toxic. It occurs naturally and can sometimes detach from the bottom of the ocean and wash up along the beach.