A woman stands on the beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy. /VCG Photo
Large sections of the beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer in France's Normandy are covered with green algae since late June. The algae come back to this area every year, especially around mid-August.
Bathing has been prohibited because of alleged toxicity of the algae on the Normandy shore of the "Cote de Nacre."
The beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer is covered by algae. /VCG Photo
Green algae covers a large section of the beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer. /VCG Photo
A woman walks her dog on the beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer. /VCG Photo
The algae create a stinking smell as it rots and attracts flies. /VCG Photo
Unlike algae in many other places, the growth of Normandy's algae is not primarily the result of agricultural fertilizer runoff into the sea.
Northerly winds and climate change are the tentative cause of the booming algae in this area.
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