COHASSET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – Something with a rotten smell forced parts of Sandy Beach to close last week and now residents are reacting to the stench.
The supposed cause of this odor came from a natural occurrence. It resulted from seaweed being exposed to heat and humidity after washing up on the shore.
Given the extreme weather conditions circumstances New England experienced this summer, the rotten stench has been amplified and made it extremely difficult for beachgoers to enjoy their time by the water.
One resident compared the stench to rotten eggs. Another said the smell “could take the paint off a house.”
At the same time, those who live on the coast are used to this type of natural phenomena.
“This is part of the amenities,” another local said, “or whatever you want to call it.”
The town is actively trying to find a means of reducing the smell, but a solution does not seem to be available in the near future.
More information about these kinds of natural occurrences can be found on The Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research’s website.
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