Sargassum Seaweed In Florida: Latest Updates And Photo Reports (July 18)

Sargassum Seaweed To Cover Florida's Beaches In Record Amounts In 2023

Florida’s First Coast may be particularly nasty this summer. The Atlantic seaweed known as sargassum will be coming ashore and may be particularly plentiful this year.

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Latest Update on Seaweed Situation in Florida:

July 18: Latest seaweed news and photos from Florida

Last spring, Florida’s renowned beaches faced an unprecedented challenge with the arrival of a massive, foul-smelling seaweed mass known as the Great Atlantic Sargassum Seaweed Belt.

However, there’s good news as recent findings by scientists from the University of South Florida’s Optical Oceanography Lab indicate that the seaweed belt in the Gulf of Mexico has significantly diminished, shrinking by an impressive 75% last month.

Latest updates and photos capturing different regions across Florida. Become a member of our FB group, “Florida Sargassum Seaweed Updates,” and ask about specific areas of interest. Beaches are mostly clean around Florida, seaweed is mostly around the south and Key West.

June 6: Latest seaweed photos and reports around Florida

Check out the latest updates and photos capturing different regions across Florida. Become a member of our FB group, “Florida Sargassum Seaweed Updates,” and ask about specific areas of interest.

June 6: Hollywood Beach

June 3: Cocoa Beach

June 1: Jupiter Dog Beach

June 1: Panama City Beach

May 22: Latest photos and reports from travelers and locals in Florida

Here are a few latest photos and updates from different areas around Florida. Join our group “Sargassum Seaweed Updates Florida” and ask about any particular area.

May 22: Bahia Honda State Park Seaweed Report

May 22: Panama City Beach Seaweed Report

May 21: Melbourne Beach Seaweed Report

May 16: Bal Harbour Beach Seaweed Report

May 1: Travelers and Tourists are reporting record arrivals of seaweed to Florida already

Activity in our dedicated FB reporting group “Sargassum Seaweed Updates Florida” has been increasing with daily updates of seaweed arrivals. Most of the places are already reporting record amounts ahead of the peak sargassum season.

Key West – Southernmost Point of the Continental USA (April 30)

Bahia Honda State Park (April 29)

Jetty Park (April 29)

Cinnamon beach (April 29

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Dr. Chuanmin Hu, who studies sargassum and works at the University of South Florida, says: “Sargassum peaks in summer, in June in July, there is no exception,” explains Hu. “During winter months they typically stay rather low. But not this year. This January already set a record for all previous January months.”

He continued by saying that the amount offshore at this time of year is four times what it usually is.

When asked why, Dr. Hu noted, “we don’t know, that is a direct answer”.

In prior years, he said, the culprits were often anything that added nutrients to the ocean’s surface, such as upwelling and mixing.

Dr. Melinda Simmons is a professor of marine sciences at Jacksonville University.

“I wish it was just one thing, but it is a combination of nutrients, and we think those are human sources,” she says. “A lot of it is river runoff. And then also Climate change, as these waters get warmer, and we are not having the reprieve with cold waters. And we sometimes can see these blooms on the trackers in the satellite data stretching from Africa to the Amazon and then up the coast of Florida.”

That’s one-way scientists track sargassum in the ocean and estimate how much there is.

“The sargassum has a very special color tone, that can differentiate itself from the background water, so even if there is a tiny different we can squeeze the signal out,” Hu added.

This allows them to determine how much is in the water.

The biggest concern is that these algae will make Florida’s beaches stink in the spring and summer.

“A record in January does not exactly mean a record in June. What is certain is 2023 will be a major sargassum year,” Hu said.

Is it, however, cause for concern?

Simmons said, “When it starts to break down it starts to release hydrogen sulfide and that can be an irritant for people who have asthma or breathing difficulties.”

She continued, “I think the major issue is it’s unpleasant. Whether you are swimming or wading in it it’s going to smell bad. And then people don’t want to come to the beach.”

What could be done? These are possible alternative uses of sargassum heading to Florida, according to a new startup

The surge of sargassum seaweed in recent times has triggered businesses to explore novel methods of eliminating it, and its potential uses are already manifold.

Scientists and entrepreneurs aspire to transform it into syrup, bricks, and conceivably even jet fuel. Carbonwave, an organization based in Boston and Puerto Rico, is utilizing it as a constituent in fertilizer, cosmetics, and even synthetic leather.


April 12: Media start reporting the arrival of seaweed blob in Florida

A massive expanse of sargassum seaweed spanning 5,000 miles in width has made its way to the Florida Keys. On Easter Sunday, footage captured at Cocoplum Beach in Marathon, Florida, depicted the seaweed drifting onto the shore and accumulating in heaps along the beachfront.



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March 17: 5,000-Mile-Long Seaweed Belt Heading To Florida, Mexico, And Dominican Republic

The Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt is a massive seaweed belt spanning 5,000 miles and weighing over 11 million tons. Its size is so vast that it is visible from space, stretching from West Africa to the Caribbean and posing a significant threat to coastal waters and beaches. Oceanographer Ajit Subramaniam speaks with John Yang to shed light on the topic.