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Fields of Sargassum line Caribbean and Atlantic coasts

"Sargassum is actually a floating seaweed that drifts on ocean currents in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico...Sometimes called a golden floating rainforest, clumps of Sargassum—ranging in size from a softball to floating rafts miles long—are their own ecosystem. Beginning in 2011, unprecedented quantities of Sargassum began washing ashore along the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico." - Excerpt from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Again in 2018, Caribbean islands are experiencing massive build ups of Sargassum on their coastlines.

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