Beaches in Mexico are becoming overwhelmed by foul-smelling sargassum, a seaweed-like algae that experts say could be the new normal.
The algae is piling up in huge volumes at some of the most famous resorts, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, not only ruining the beaches, but also turning the turquoise waters brown.
Prior to 2014, the region had very little sargassum, but in recent years, the problem has exploded. The sudden increase is thought to be due to a combination of climate change, pollution from fertilisers and ocean currents carrying the algae mats to the Caribbean.
“We are having the problem in the northern coast of Quintana Roo, where it is more noticeable because it’s where most people live, and where most