Sargassum seaweed is one of the most common varieties in the Atlantic and Caribbean. It does provide valuable resources when floating in the ocean, not the least of which is a home for smaller, more vulnerable sea creatures. A number of fish also rely on it as a staple in their diet. It is a critical piece of the marine ecosystem.
When washed ashore, however, it’s brownish color and prickly texture is not overly appealing. During the sargassum season, large quantities may cover shorelines and even interfere with normal beach going fun. The sargassum bloom typically occurs during sea turtle nesting season. As a result, the seaweed can not be mechanically removed due to fear of damaging buried turtle nests. So what to do? What else but find a way to make it interesting!
I will admit that I was not thrilled to find thick patches covering my normally pristine shoreline this particular morning. I had the choice of either throwing in the towel or finding another view. Even though the smell of freshly cooked bacon from a nearby cafe was tempting, I had to come home with an image. As I walked the beach, I found this section of seaweed that formed a little pool. The retreating tide would occasionally crest the top of the sargassum and fill the pools. This, coupled with the warm morning light, where intriguing and made for an interesting scene. Ironically, I end up staying at my little sargassum pool for the next 45 minutes, watching the ocean waves interact with what was previously an inconvenient obstacle.
We never know the possibilities until we look for a different view.
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