See larger Brooke DeMarco, left, and Tara Underwood lounge just off the shore near large patches of red algae at Fort Myers Beach on Wednesday afternoon. The red algae, which can be several feet thick, has been washing up on area shores, working its way from Sanibel to other areas in Southwest Florida. “We were trying to find a way to walk around it,” said Underwood, “I haven’t seen it this bad in years.”

Photo by Cheryl Ferrara, Daily News

Brooke DeMarco, left, and Tara Underwood lounge just off the shore near large patches of red algae at Fort Myers Beach on Wednesday afternoon. The red algae, which can be several feet thick, has been washing up on area shores, working its way from Sanibel to other areas in Southwest Florida. “We were trying to find a way to walk around it,” said Underwood, “I haven’t seen it this bad in years.”

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