|The Sargassum is closing in. All day long a seemingly endless line of Sargassum floated in.|
|Some has washed up and much more is headed in.|
|Sargassum floating next to the shore.|
|A thick blanket has mounded up, especially to the south of our dock where it is a couple of feet deep on shore.|
|Not quite as much to the north of the dock.|
|Most of the Sargassum that has washed up on our beach seems to be S. fluitans, but there may be some S. natans mixed in with it.|
Sea grasses, as opposed to the algal seaweeds, are vascular plants. There are 3 recorded seagrasses in Belize namely, turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum) manatee seagrass (Syringodium filiforme), duckweed (Halodule spp.). We have large beds of turtle grass along the very shallow water just off our beach. And we often see manatees grazing the beds of seagrasses about 100 feet off shore in water that is about 10-15 ft deep. Almost every day dead seagrass blades wash up on the sand. We normally get that raked up and composted. This big invasion of Sargassum will take us longer to deal with, but we are gradually getting it raked up. Beats shoveling snow!