sargassum storms the beach
We had only been here a few days when we started to notice it. Small orange streaks were breaking up the deep blue color of the ocean.
As the days went on, the streaks became larger. On July 20th, we noticed that this now massive swath of orange was heading right for the shore!
Holly and the boys ran down to the beach as the invasion was in progress. It looked like they were on another planet.
Apparently, this seaweed floats en masse in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, giving the Sargasso Sea it’s name.
The locals we talked to said that it was unusual to see this much of it. I’m sure it was providing some nourishing benefits to the coastal eco-system. However, it certainly wasn’t pleasing as it began to rot on shore. :)
Thankfully though, in a little over a week most of the seaweed had broken down. A week later, these distant voyagers from a mysterious sea were gone without a trace.