Biological Hazard – North-America – Canada

EDIS Number: BH-20100728-27167-CAN
Date / time: 28/07/2010 02:51:13 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: State of California
City: Unknow
Number of Deads: None or unknow
Number of Injured: None or unknow
Damage level: Minor


Swimmers, surfers and fishermen are being warned of a mysterious green, slimy substance seen floating in the ocean along the Southern California coast. The green substance has been spotted from Long Beach to Newport Beach, according to recent reports. Health officials say the floating green stuff is actually a common algal bloom that is the result of increased temperatures. Swimmers are urged to avoid direct contact with the bright green film. If they do touch it, they should wash it off in the shower, Long Beach Health Department environmental health specialist Nelson Kerr told said. Fishermen seeking mussels should use caution since toxins can increase with the warmer weather, Kerr added. During the algal bloom season -- between May and October -- only commercially harvested mussels are considered safe, he said.

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