What’s with all the seaweed on north county beaches?

Sarg

Sargassum south of the Jupiter Inlet Tuesday afternoon (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Easterly winds — the same winds that are creating dangerous rip currents — have delivered piles of sargassum on north county beaches.

The brown/green stuff is a few inches thick just south of the Jupiter Inlet and has also piled up around the Juno Beach Pier.

The seawood accumulation is not unusual whenever there are steady east winds.

The east winds create rip currents by blowing sea water to shore. The rip currents form when the water flows back to sea.

To read the latest headlines from Jupiter, go to palmbeachpost.com/jupiter.

If you’re wondering why beach officials can’t send out a tractor to clean up the stuff, the reason is simple: Sea turtle nesting season started March 1 and goes to Oct. 31.

Tractors could damage sea turtle nests.

There’s also seaweed at DuBois Park, near the snorkeling area (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Loggerheads+at+MacArthur.JPG

Sending out tractors to clear out seaweed on shore could damage sea turtle nests

 

Reader Comments 0

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS