The most recent incident of a foul odor floating around San Diego came nearly three weeks ago in Oceanside. In that instance, Oceanside Police said ocean outgassing had caused the smell.
Ocean outgassing happens when the ocean releases gasses that were trapped or dissolved. Outgassing odor is non-toxic, according to authorities.
In March, reports of an odor in La Jolla and Clairemont poured into San Diego Fire. Initially, a spokesperson for the department said she believed the smell could be coming from a kelp bloom off La Jolla. But hours later, she said they were unable to determine the source.
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