Wednesday, July 27, 2011

British holidaymakers warned as 'killer seaweed' strikes Brittany beaches and KILLS 31 Wild Boars - 27th July 2011

British holidaymakers have been warned to be on their guard against a thick blanket of slimy 'killer seaweed' suffocating the beaches of northern France.

The alert comes after the carcasses of 31 wild boars were found on one beach on the Brittany coast.

All are thought to have been killed by toxic gas – as dangerous as cyanide – released by the seaweed as it rots.

Beaches around the Morieux river estuary, where the dead boars were found, are popular with tens of thousands of British holidaymakers every summer.

The warning was issued by Brittany’s Cote d’Armor regional government which said the potentially deadly seaweed was ‘above a health alert level, but below severe danger level’.

Seaweed – which is a form of algae - is normally found on most northern French beaches. However, it releases hydrogen sulphide when it comes into contact with nitrogen waste flowing to the sea from intensive pig farms. Read More