It is never-ending and causing lots of frustration, especially to residents living along the beach - TONS of sargasso (seaweed) washing onto the shores of Belize. Here in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, it seems like the Sargaso Apocalypse - the stench!! And it's hard to enjoy a day on the beach when the water is covered in seaweed. What gives?
Clean up crews from the San Pedro Town Council, resorts and private homes cannot keep up with the tonnage of seaweed that just keeps washing ashore on a daily basis. As soon as it is cleared up, more rolls in. Just yesterday, our good friends at Chuck and Robbie's Scuba Diving and Instruction posted these pictures of a sargasso patch the size of a football field coming onto shore. And fishermen say that it's everywhere, from back in the San Pedro lagoon to the Turneffe Atoll, large patches of sargasso floating in mid-sea and washing up on shore.
When will it end, nobody knows for sure as Mother Nature is doing her thing. One thing for sure is that it has never been this bad, according to elderly fishermen and island folk.
- photos courtesy of Chuck and Robbie's Dive and Instruction
Beach clean up crew of Ramon's Village working hours on end to keep the resort's beaches clean of sargasso (photo courtesy Simon Backley)