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Mysterious Green Slime on Pacific Ocean Explained

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That "weird neon green slime in the water" that has puzzled beachgoers throughout Orange County and up as far as Long Beach is nothing to worry about. That's what a USC professor is saying today. David Caron of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies has identified the source of the greenish-yellow foamy patches as "blooms of tiny algae belonging to the Tetraselmis genus," according to a statement from the university. "Such algae, which according to Caron have also been spotted off the coast for at least the past two summers, pose no known threat to humans or other animals." And there you have it.