Something stinks: What to know about sargassum seaweed
VIDEO: Something stinks: What to know about sargassum seaweed Something stinks: What to know about sargassum seaweedBREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Smelly seaweed is starting to pile up on some Brevard County beaches. Sargassum isn’t toxic, but it can be unpleasant as it collects and rots along beaches. Once the seaweed reaches shore, it’s considered beach wrack and can help anchor sand dunes. READ: Help for those impacted by COVID-19 still available in Brevard County, but time is running outThe south beaches in Brevard County have been spared, but areas near the port are still blanketed with the brown seaweed. Both the Canaveral Port Authority and Brevard County said they don’t plan any special removal.wftv.com
Researchers link seaweed blooms to pollution in ocean water
Massive mounds of seaweed piled up along Floridas east coast beaches in October 2017, a smelly mess that made it difficult to walk on the beach, much less enjoy the stroll. The belt is different than the Sargasso Sea, the area of seaweed in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida's East Coast that provides nursery grounds for sea turtles that hatch on Florida beaches. Researchers are looking to try to improve forecasts for where and when the seaweed blooms appear as they learn more about it. Lapointe said the water because fresh water is less dense than seawater forms a buoyant plume offshore that enriches the sargassum and encourages it to grow. USF researchers are studying how the seaweed blooms affect fish and other marine life and whether their arrival can be forecast in advance, Wang said.news-journalonline.com
Record-breaking seaweed bloom stretches from West Africa to Mexico
TAMPA, Fla. - A record-breaking mass of smelly seaweed stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico has been identified using satellite imagery. The seaweed bloom, called the great Atlantic Sargassum belt, is the largest ever of its kind, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Southern Florida used satellite imagery to determine that the giant floating mass of seaweed is a whopping 8,850 kilometers (5,000 miles) long. Scientists first noticed that seaweed was spreading rapidly across the Atlantic and growing in mass in 2011. The seaweed explosion is also indicative of bigger problems, Wang said.