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


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)


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


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