Visitors often worry that there is sewer leak, or some other contaminate in the water. Bad smells in the Florida Keys are usually from rotting sargassum seaweed and other organic matter on beaches, in the ocean and on the seafloor.Feb 9, 2022,
For many years, Jacksonville had a reputation as one of America's smelliest cities. Most of the stench was centered in one area, but on a windy day, the whole city stunk. The awful smell didn't have one source, but the majority of it originated from a stretch of Talleyrand Avenue along the St. Johns River.
The city's air quality has never exactly evoked images of magnolias in bloom. Rotten eggs in bloom, yes. Magnolias in bloom, never. Jacksonville derives its distinctive scent from a variety of sources: a coffee manufacturer, a regional sewage-treatment plant, chemical companies, paper mills.Mar 14, 1987
Some visitors on Florida beaches notice a bad smell, especially in the Florida Keys. It smells like sulfur, sewage, rotten eggs or natural gas. ... Bad smells in the Florida Keys are usually from rotting sargassum seaweed and other organic matter on beaches, in the ocean and on the seafloor.Feb 9, 2022
Natural gas, which is primarily methane, doesn't actually have any odor at all. So for safety, most gas companies add small quantities of a compound call Mercaptan. It's what gives it the smell of rotten eggs and this is for safety so people know when there is a gas leak.Feb 5, 2021
First of all, it's a calm start across Jacksonville. With little to no breeze there's nowhere for the stench to go. Secondly, the smell is trapped by a temperature inversion. This is more common in the winter months when there is a dense layer of colder air below a layer of warmer air in our atmosphere.Nov 17, 2021
If you have, you may have experienced phantosmia – the medical name for a smell hallucination. Phantosmia odours are often foul; some people smell faeces or sewage, others describe smelling smoke or chemicals. These episodes can be sparked by a loud noise or change in the flow of air entering your nostrils.Oct 2, 2018
That ubiquitous smell is decaying sargassum, islands of floating, brown sea algae that is piling up along the beaches of Key West, the Florida peninsula, Mexico and other Caribbean islands. Happens every summer when the winds and currents come from the south.Jun 8, 2019
Why does Sargassum smell so bad? When washed ashore, Sargassum will decompose (rot). Rotting Sargassum causes the production of hydrogen sulfide gas which smells like rotten eggs.