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Invasive seaweed leaves Massachusetts towns, tourism industry helpless

An aggressive red seaweed that hails from Japan has invaded the Massachusetts shoreline, threatening native wildlife, jeopardizing tourism, and causing a stink for beachfront residents.

From Cape Ann to Cape Cod, beaches have been blanketed in recent weeks with thickly packed red fibers resembling matted hair, and the odor can at times be overpowering.

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