Canaries tourists warned of toxic microalgae

Toxic algae are expanding in the hot temperatures
Tourists are being warned to watch out for blooms of toxic microalgae that are expanding in the hot temperatures along the coastline of the Canary Islands.
Beachgoers have come out of the sea scratching themselves after brushing against the algae, also known as sea sawdust.
“Since the end of June, we have seen episodes of massive efflorescence of microalgae, sometimes reaching as far as bathing beaches,” said Juan Aleman, director of public health in the Canaries.
He assures it is a “natural, temporary phenomenon” that will eventually disappear but the bacterium contains a toxin that can lead to skin irritation and dermatitis.
The algae can also be encountered on the sand. Aleman said no beaches have yet been closed because of it, but AFP reports that some have been closed to swimmers in recent weeks, including the popular Teresitas beach at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Sky News


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