Did you know? that the sargasumm is a macro algae that appears on the coasts. It is not as bad as it seems, don´t be afraid. I know, that for the sight and smell is not so pleasant, but it doesn´t hurt, on the contrary the temporary deposit of sargassum on the seashore helps to combat the erosion of beaches, caused by wind and water. Also they are a source of fertilizer for affected beaches.
As you can see the sargassum is very important for the coasts.
Their leafy branches, the brownish or yellow colors and their many seeds, are very caracteristic. These seeds are actually gas-filled structures called pneumatocysts, which is mostly filled with oxygen. This oxygen allows them to float.
When Sargassum loses its floatage sinks, providing energy to fish and invertebrates at the bottom of the sea. It also provides an important addition to food sources available. It can extends for miles across the ocean.
This floating habitat provides food, refuge, and breeding grounds for different sea creatures like: fish, sea turtles, crabs, shrimp, and more.
Some animals, like the Sargassum fish (frogfish family), live their whole life in this habitat. It serves as a primary nursery area for some fish like mahi mahi.
The sargassum comes from a natural open sea ecosystem, located in the northern Atlantic ocean, near Bermuda. Called the Sargassum Sea.
The climate change caused that a huge amount of sargassum appeared a couple years ago in some coasts of the Mexican Caribbean.
Sadly a lot of sargassum affected several beaches in Quintana Roo, like Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Puerto Morelos and many many more, here you will find some images:
PUERTO MORELOS PLAYA DEL CARMEN
But let me tell you something!!! If you are planning your vacations and you doubt to come to the Mexican Caribbean, I highly recommend to rent a private boat in Cozumel island. We can take you to amazing places sargassum FREE, you will not regret it…
I must remind you that we can make the difference the climate change is increasing really fast because of us, we must act fast, we have to recycle & take care of our beautiful world.