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Algea Invades Belmar's Coastline

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Belmar, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

There has been an outbreak of algea blobs off the Jersey Coast and while it's not harmful to swimmers, it's so large that you can actually see it from space!

Satellites picked up an outburst of phytoplankton along the shore. However, Belmar, New Jersey fisherman Jesse Thomas doesn’t think the algae invasion is something that people should worry about.

"I don't see it as that bad this year, usually the water is that cloudy color but so far this year it's been pretty clear," he said.

The sea and winds are constantly changing and this may of caused the plankton to be pushed back into the ocean rather then staying on the coast-line.

While this algae isn't putting any humans in danger, it may be harmful to fish. The plankton actually causes the water to change temperature. In this case, the water had dropped from low 70's to about 52 degrees.

Currently, the ocean is clear and in the low 60's so everyone can continue enjoying their summer and swimming in the ocean without worrying about the algae.

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