Saturday, 30 June 2012

Small Sargasso Sea - Snapshot Saturday

If you've read Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea then you will have heard of sargassum, that sea weed that grows on the surface of the ocean.  Every now and then, large patches of sargassum shows up in Caribbean waters - that's the brown stuff you see in the sea in the pix below.


A large patch in Road Harbour. (Hospital under construction in the background.)


A close-up of the weed floating on the surface of the sea.

 
Washed up on the shoreline.

Sargassum is actually rich in nutrients so gardeners and crop farmers can sometimes be seen harvesting it from wherever it has washed up on the coast.  The sargassum also enriches the mangroves.  Unfortunately, plastic bottles, bags, etc. (the white dots in the top picture) get caught up in it and can make sargassum quite unsightly.

Today, I'm once again participating in Snapshot Saturday which is sponsored by Alyce of At Home With Books! Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.

15 comments:

  1. I hate how much trash ends up everywhere. We lived in Las Vegas for 7 years and plastic bags were referred to as Vegas tumbleweed as they would blow in the wind and get stuck all over fences and such.

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    1. A local politician once said the plastic bags around our islands could now be mistaken for our national flag! It was funny...in a sad way.

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  2. Beautiful, and giving us nutrients, too. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  3. Beautiful mountain scenery! Its good the farmers have found a beneficial way to use it.

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  4. It's true-one can learn new things every day. Now I know a little bit about sargassum.

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  5. Very interesting! I wouldn't have thought of it being used for fertilizer.

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  6. What a great thing to know, I've often wondered about the fertilizer properties of sea weed.

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  7. Beautiful seaweed. Oddly, people have been complaining around here about all the seaweed in Galveston this summer.

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  8. Huh. The random things I learn through Saturday Snapshot!

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  9. I have wondered just how large an area the sargassum is that makes up the 'Sargasso Sea' an amazing breeding ground for sealife and a way station on the waves for birds ... it's such a neat ecological phenomenon!

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  10. I hate that the trash always interferes in the beauty and nurturing of life. Someone told me yesterday that on Hawaii the stores don't give out bags any more. Is that true in the British Virgin Islands too? seems like you become more aware of the damage plastic is doing to the world when you live on an island. Here's Mine

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    1. Our supermarkets and our Department of Conservation and Fisheries are working on phasing out plastic bags and trying to get people more into using recyclable bags. The mindset is changing.

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  11. So the sargasso isn't toxic like an algal bloom? That's good to know. Litter is a major problem in the sea- there's a massive thing called the pacific garbage patch for instance.

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  12. I could use some sargassum for my garden! Interesting photos.
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  13. Wow... that is really interesting!! I didn't know! Thx for the pix!

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