Alyssa Newcomb on Florida’s toxic algae:
The slimy, smelly toxic algae overtaking some waterways in southern Florida is so widespread it can now be seen from space.
NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite snapped a photo on July 2 showing a blue-green algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee.
That’s not exactly the cleanest lake to make a comparison. Florida’s Department of Health:
Health risks occur when people or animals are exposed to toxins that are sometimes produced by certain kinds of these organisms. Exposure can happen through unintentionally swallowing lake or river water, breathing water spray or coming into direct contact with the blooms. At high levels, these can affect the gastrointestinal tract, liver, nervous system, and skin.
But it’s still The Sunshine State.