The Clusterous Forest was created when the water was pumped from the valley surrounding the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Instead of the underwater foliage dying with the absence of water, they adapted over time to grow on land. The seaweed now creates a forest several miles in area. It has a frightening look and is described by Lemony Snicket as he passes it as being more like endless mass of shrubbery, and- that he had no intention of ever entering it. The flashy sea-plant leaves still move and twist around each other as if they are still underwater. The forest smells strongly of salt and fish, the smell of sea. It also has the distinct sound of the underwater life rustling about with the wind. This sound is known to vary with the weather and the distance you are from it, but is always rustling no matter what. The rustling has been compared to that of a faint rustling of a heater, as they can both vary. It is depicted as being a lawless place, fit for no human or animal. The sea plans are said to move in ripples and Lemony compares them to spooky laundry.