All 21 of Mississippi’s beaches are closed because of toxic algae
Photograph from: inhabitat.com
There is no better way to beat heat than to head to the nearest beach! But you should avoid doing that if you live in Mississippi. That´s because all 21 of the state’s beaches have been shut down for swimming due to a blue-green harmful algal bloom (HAB), according to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Toxic algae blooms occur when “colonies of algae — simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater — grow out of control and produce toxic or harmful effects on people” or wildlife, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says. It can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, the state agency warned.