If you have been frolicking on the beach lately and there’s a lot of seaweed, it makes you wonder why?
Researchers at Florida Atlantic University said this is some of the most sargassum we’ve seen on the beaches in quite a while.
Clear water and a light breeze is a heaven for Vicki Reis.
“It’s my happy place,” Reis said.
Reis walks the beach every day and said it’s the time of the year when she notices the seaweed start to wash in.
“It has been coming in for a couple of weeks now,” Reis said.
For a few years now, scientists at FAU have noticed more sargassum in the ocean.
“We think of it as to much of a good thing,” said researcher Brian LaPointe has studied sargassum since the 80s.
His teams latest find is a 35% nitrogen increase in the sargassum tissue.
LaPointe said a mixture of humans and the environment has led to the nitrogen increase.
Large blooms have created problems for tourism on coastal beaches.
Cities and counties have been spending millions of dollars to help get seaweed off of their beaches.
LaPointe says to fix the problem we need more research, but he said reducing our nitrogen footprint is the first place to start.