By LORRAINE THOMPSON
This is the time of year when St. Johns County beaches get cluttered with seaweed. Atlantic,Â winds and currents have caused sargassum seaweed to wash up this week driving someÂ beachgoers away as the seaweed dots the sandy beaches.
The seaweed is normal this time of the year. It travels thousands of miles to get here fromÂ the Sargasso Sea which is located in the North Atlantic Ocean between the West Indies and theÂ Azores, an area better known as the Bermuda Triangle.
Floating lines of sargassum provideÂ critical habitat for a wide variety of sea life, including fish, juvenile sea turtles, and seabirds.
It poses no health risk to humans and just as it got here, it should disappear soon withÂ changing tides and winds.