Sargassum, sargasso, sargassos…I am getting sick of the word. I am getting sick of the sight of it and…the smell of it. I am fairly certain that the armies of workers with pitch forks and rakes are MORE than sick of it.
WHERE IS IT COMING FROM? WHAT IS THE DEAL? There is research to be done. Clearly not by me…but I’ll give it a go.
A sea within a sea. So without land boundaries, this floating mat of seawood provides safe harbor/a nursery of sorts for all kinds of marine life. It shifts with tides, currents, weather and reproduces while floating on the high seas. It’s called “the rain forest of the ocean”.
Here is a more modern map of the sea and its driving forces.
While I was taking these pictures, a San Pedro born dive master said “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 47 years”. Sigh…
Note: Not ALL beaches are this bad, in fact many resorts have teams of people cleaning up the weed early in the morning.
On one quick semi-positive note, there is this LOVELY female dog that lives down along the beach between Cholo’s Beach Bar and Fido’s. Where many of these pictures were taken. She is SO friendly and just wants someone to throw a coconut to her in the water.
I have named her Sargassa. If you see her down there, please give her a little snack and spend some time with her – maybe tossing a coconut. She is one of those super cute-ugly dogs (some sort of brindle pittie-pug?) that tugs at the heart strings.
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