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Six of France's beaches have been closed because of a plague of poisonous mucus that may have killed a young oyster farmer. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve in Brittany

& # 39; Killer & # 39; green mucus that causes heart attacks in seconds, closes French beaches and is accused of the death of an 18-year-old farmer and dozens of animals

  • Oyster farmer died in the bay of Morlaix, Brittany, and environmental groups believe that seaweed is to blame
  • The mucus, which smells like rotting eggs, releases toxic hydrogen sulfide that can cause cardiac arrest
  • Another man died in 2016 in toxic algae in the mouth of Gouessant and his family prosecuted local authorities
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Six of France's beaches have been closed because of a plague of poisonous mucus that may have killed a young oyster farmer.

The 18-year-old died in July this year in the Bay of Morlaix, Brittany, and environmental groups Safeguard Trégor and Stop Green Algae believe the mucus is to blame.

The pituitary, poisonous algae that smell like rotting eggs have flooded the beaches of Brittany for years due to over-fertilization of nearby fields that drain into the ocean.

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Six of France's beaches have been closed because of a plague of poisonous mucus that may have killed a young oyster farmer. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve in Brittany

Six of France's beaches have been closed because of a plague of poisonous mucus that may have killed a young oyster farmer. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve in Brittany

The 18-year-old died in July this year in the Bay of Morlaix, Brittany, and environmental groups Safeguard Trégor and Stop Green Algae believe the mucus is to blame. A man looks at the toxic seaweed that covers the beach near Saint-Brieuc, Brittany

The 18-year-old died in July this year in the Bay of Morlaix, Brittany, and environmental groups Safeguard Trégor and Stop Green Algae believe the mucus is to blame. A man looks at the toxic seaweed that covers the beach near Saint-Brieuc, Brittany

The 18-year-old died in July this year in the Bay of Morlaix, Brittany, and environmental groups Safeguard Trégor and Stop Green Algae believe the mucus is to blame. A man looks at the toxic seaweed that covers the beach near Saint-Brieuc, Brittany

Nicknamed & # 39; deadly mucus & # 39 ;, toxic hydrogen sulphide gases are released from the collected algae. If hydrogen sulfide is inhaled, it can lead to loss of consciousness and cardiac arrest.

Prosecutors have launched an investigation to find out what killed the oyster farmer.

Environmental activist Andre Ollivro, 74, has been at the forefront of the fight against murderous mucus for 20 years and regularly puts on a gas mask while taking toxicity measurements for him.

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A number of signs exceed that read: & # 39; Dangerous toxic gas. Hydrogen sulfide may be present, & Mr Ollivro regularly takes gas measurements from the flood of green sludge.

The pituitary, poisonous algae that smell like rotting eggs have flooded the beaches of Brittany for years due to over-fertilization of nearby fields that drain into the ocean. Pictured are green algae on a beach in the bay of Binic, Saint-Brieuc

The pituitary, poisonous algae that smell like rotting eggs have flooded the beaches of Brittany for years due to over-fertilization of nearby fields that drain into the ocean. Pictured are green algae on a beach in the bay of Binic, Saint-Brieuc

The pituitary, poisonous algae that smell like rotting eggs have flooded the beaches of Brittany for years due to over-fertilization of nearby fields that drain into the ocean. Pictured are green algae on a beach in the bay of Binic, Saint-Brieuc

Nicknamed & # 39; deadly mucus & # 39 ;, toxic hydrogen sulphide gases are released from the collected algae. If hydrogen sulfide is inhaled, it can lead to loss of consciousness and cardiac arrest. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve in Brittany

Nicknamed & # 39; deadly mucus & # 39 ;, toxic hydrogen sulphide gases are released from the collected algae. If hydrogen sulfide is inhaled, it can lead to loss of consciousness and cardiac arrest. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve in Brittany

Nicknamed & # 39; deadly mucus & # 39 ;, toxic hydrogen sulphide gases are released from the collected algae. If hydrogen sulfide is inhaled, it can lead to loss of consciousness and cardiac arrest. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve in Brittany

Environmental activist Andre Ollivro, 74, has been at the forefront of the fight against murderous mucus for 20 years and regularly puts on a gas mask while taking toxicity measurements for him. On the beach at Saint-Brieuc there are warning signs with the text: & # 39; Dangerous toxic gas. Hydrogen sulfide can be present & # 39;
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Environmental activist Andre Ollivro, 74, has been at the forefront of the fight against murderous mucus for 20 years and regularly puts on a gas mask while taking toxicity measurements for him. On the beach at Saint-Brieuc there are warning signs with the text: & # 39; Dangerous toxic gas. Hydrogen sulfide can be present & # 39;

Environmental activist Andre Ollivro, 74, has been at the forefront of the fight against murderous mucus for 20 years and regularly puts on a gas mask while taking toxicity measurements for him. On the beach at Saint-Brieuc there are warning signs with the text: & # 39; Dangerous toxic gas. Hydrogen sulfide can be present & # 39;

The beaches are covered with signs that warn visitors to stay away due to the presence of dangerous gas hydrogen sulfide

The beaches are covered with signs that warn visitors to stay away due to the presence of dangerous gas hydrogen sulfide

The beaches are covered with signs that warn visitors to stay away due to the presence of dangerous gas hydrogen sulfide

Ollivro claims that in some parts of the Saint-Brieuc coast, the hydrogen sulphide content is 1000 parts per million – which would kill an adult in just a few minutes.

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The ongoing fight over algae was intensified earlier this year when the family of a man who died in the decaying sludge in the mouth of Gouessant sued the state and local authorities in 2016.

Jean-René Auffray, 50, set off with his dog. When the dog came home alone, his wife and children went looking for him and found him dead in the algae.

Ollivro claims that in some parts of the Saint-Brieuc coast, the hydrogen sulphide content is 1000 parts per million - which would kill an adult in just a few minutes. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve

Ollivro claims that in some parts of the Saint-Brieuc coast, the hydrogen sulphide content is 1000 parts per million - which would kill an adult in just a few minutes. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve

Ollivro claims that in some parts of the Saint-Brieuc coast, the hydrogen sulphide content is 1000 parts per million – which would kill an adult in just a few minutes. Depicted is the beach of Saint-Michel-en-Greve

The ongoing fight over algae was intensified earlier this year when the family of a man who died in the decaying sludge in the mouth of Gouessant sued the state and local authorities in 2016. A woman looks at forbidden bungalows near Saint-Brieuc

The ongoing fight over algae was intensified earlier this year when the family of a man who died in the decaying sludge in the mouth of Gouessant sued the state and local authorities in 2016. A woman looks at forbidden bungalows near Saint-Brieuc

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The ongoing fight over algae was intensified earlier this year when the family of a man who died in the decaying sludge in the mouth of Gouessant sued the state and local authorities in 2016. A woman looks at forbidden bungalows near Saint-Brieuc

In the area where he was found, 30 wild boar had died in 2011, with links to the rotting seaweed.

Because an autopsy was not ordered quickly enough for Mr Auffray, a definitive judgment on the cause of his death was never reached.

The deputy chief of Brittany, Thierry Burlot, runs the waste center for processing the seaweed from beaches.

Burlot claims that only five percent of the 2,700 km long coastline of Brittany are affected by the algae and that the collections of green sludge have fallen from 30,000 tons in 2004 to 10,000 tons in 2018.

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