Seaweed serves purpose on local beaches

Sargassum seaweed on St. Augustine Beach. Photo by Lorraine Thompson

Sargassum seaweed on St. Augustine Beach. Photo by Lorraine Thompson

By LORRAINE THOMPSON

This is the time of year when St. Johns County beaches get cluttered with seaweed. Atlantic, winds and currents have caused sargassum seaweed to wash up this week driving some 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 from the Sargasso Sea which is located in the North Atlantic Ocean between the West Indies and the Azores, an area better known as the Bermuda Triangle.

Floating lines of sargassum provide 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 with changing tides and winds.

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