Toxic Seaweed Closes Beaches in France’s Northwest

Masses of green seaweed, which at times emits noxious gasses, is seen on a beach at Kerlaz near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France. (REUTERS / Mal Langsdon)

A handful of seaweed is displayed as masses of green seaweed, which at times emits noxious gasses, is seen on Kerlaz beach near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France. (REUTERS / Mal Langsdon)

A closeup of a clam amongst the seaweed during low tide on Kerlaz beach near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France. (REUTERS / Mal Langsdon)

Seagulls search for food amongst seaweed on a beach at Kerlaz near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France. (REUTERS / Mal Langsdon)

A communal beach patrol vehicle drives on masses of green seaweed, which at times emits noxious gasses, at Kerlaz beach near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France. (REUTERS / Mal Langsdon)

An information placard about masses of green seaweed along the French coastline is seen on a beach at Kerlaz near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France. (REUTERS / Mal Langsdon)

A wet dog returns to its master over masses of seaweed at low tide on Kerlaz beach near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France. (REUTERS / Mal Langsdon)

People cross the mass of green seaweed, which at times emits noxious gasses, on Kerlaz beach to search for shellfish at low tide near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France. (REUTERS / Mal Langsdon)

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