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Experts: Calif. beach slime not dangerous

Santa Ana, Calif. -- Experts said they have not identified the slimy, neon-green substance seen floating at some California beaches, but they do not believe it is harmful.

Larry Honeybourne, program manager for the Orange County Health Care Agency, said the substance, which has been reported at beaches between Seal Beach and Lowers, has yet to be identified, but testing found no signs of bacterial contamination and no illnesses have yet been attributed to it, The Orange County Register reported Tuesday.

Some experts told the Long Beach Press Telegram the substance may be a bright-green algal bloom caused by rising temperatures in the water. However, local surfers and lifeguards said the substance is unlike any algae they have seen in past years.

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