Seaweed on Anguilla
On SBE - big clumps getting closer to shore
Yes, happened in Feb with the big swells. Once the seaweed clump (there is a word for it but my brain is not going there right now) broke up in Mexico, it has been a problem throughout the Caribbean. Many people have met on this issue because it is really hurting the islands where this has never been an issue. Global climate change at work...
Do you mean "sargassum?"
Sargassum does not come from Mexico. Sargassum originates in the sargasso sea off the east coast of the United states.
Yes, it does come from the Sargasso Sea, first noted by Columbus. It stayed mostly into a clump until recently when Mexico got nailed by sargassum and then it has spread to many islands. Nasty stuff.
As unsightly and nasty smelling as it can be, it is a "beach builder", catching sand in it's tendrils, eventually getting buried by Mother Nature.
The amounts over Easter on many beaches, most notably Island Harbour, were just beyond belief. So much in IH that it was knee deep on the beach and spread outwards in the water from the beach for almost 10 feet.
We learned a little bit about Sargassum from a friend who lives in Anguilla- he learned last week that it is a micro organism that originates in Brazil. And when the rivers bring it to the sea, it blossoms in the salt water. Go figure.Edited: 19 May 2018, 00:52