Satellite images show breadth of massive seaweed belt stretching across the Atlantic Ocean

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Satellite images show a train of sargassum seaweed running from the west coast of the island From Africa to FloridaIt extends up to 5,000 miles.

with a width nearly twice that of the United States, Seaweed is expected To move towards Florida and the Caribbean, and eventually piling along some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Seagulls lie on the sand as Monica Madrigal finds its way to the ocean through a thick raft of sargassum seaweed washed up on a beach near the 71st Street area of ​​Miami Beach in 2020.

Seagulls lie on the sand as Monica Madrigal finds its way to the ocean through a thick raft of sargassum seaweed washed up on a beach near the 71st Street area of ​​Miami Beach in 2020. ((Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, Sargassum is a large brown seaweed that “floats in island-like clumps,” but is never attached to the sea floor.

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Images on the University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences’ Visual Oceanography Laboratory website show the bloom’s sheer size.

The Sargassum Monitoring System, or SaWS, uses satellite data and models to track sargassums in “near real time.”

A satellite image showing the extent of the Sargassum seagrass belt

A satellite image showing the extent of the Sargassum seagrass belt (University of South Florida/NOAA)

While Sargassum provides a great habitat for marine animals due to its food source, shade, and shelter, it can also be used to protect sand dunes by fertilizing and strengthening the grassroots.

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But when copious amounts of sargassum accumulate on the beaches, it contains The possibility of causing many problems.

The university’s website says that when sargassum decomposes, it can create an unpleasant odor that attracts insects and can suffocate nesting turtles, among other things.

Insects and odor can also harm tourism, affecting the economies of tropical locations.

Rafts of brown seaweed, Sargassum sp.  Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

Rafts of brown seaweed, Sargassum sp. Miami Beach, Florida, USA. (Andre Sell/VW PICS/Universal Image Collection via Getty Images)

Often, when sargassum accumulates in massive quantities, it must be physically removed from beaches.

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As the blooms moved toward the coast, some Floridians complained of burning eyes and breathing problems. Dead fish were washed away and a seaside festival scheduled for a month later was cancelled.

Florida’s southwest coast experienced a wave of toxic red algae earlier this month, which raised concerns it may continue for a while.

Red tide occurs naturally in the Gulf of Mexico and is often made worse by the presence of nutrients such as nitrogen in the water.

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People are advised not to swim in red tide waters due to respiratory problems as well as skin irritation, rashes, and sore eyes.

Fox News Digital’s Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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