It was not even close. In 2022, seaweed levels floating in the Caribbean smashed the record set in 2018 by 20%. You could see the consequences drifting up on shorelines from Puerto Rico to the Florida coast. Briny piles of brown algae invaded white sand beaches. Locals worried the inundation would harm tourism, clog ports, and release noxious fumes if left to rot.
Unfortunately, record algae blooms are not the only visible consequence of warming ocean waters. Some models suggest higher ocean temperatures increase the risk of powerful hurricanes as well.
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