When we were visiting smaller towns in Florida, we often heard about a particular seaweed.
This was not the first thing that came to mind when we were coming to this state because most people talk about the wildlife and the other types of natural beauty in this gorgeous place.
However, Sargassum continued to pop up as a topic.
We heard about this at the Horseshoe Beach and it was a fascinating experience. For those who are interested, we are going to dive into this a little bit based on what we have managed to find out about the Sargassum seaweed and what makes it unique.
What Is Sargassum Seaweed?
Sargassum is a type of seaweed for in different parts of Florida on the beaches. It’s also seen in the Caribbean islands during our trips there.
It’s a specific type of seaweed that does not produce toxins and is not dangerous. However, it does produce a rank smell due to the production of hydrogen sulfide.
It’s this odor that is noticed by the average person on the beach and it’s not pleasant.
It’s important to note that this is a natural seaweed and it’s common in these parts. You are going to find them throughout the Florida beaches and it’s common for the seaweed to be along the surface. It’s not going to be settled deep in the ocean as other types.
This is why you are going to notice this when you are taking a dip in the ocean water.
Since it is not dangerous, most people are not going to think twice when they see it in the water. However, the odor is going to make you notice because it is going to smell like eggs!
Tips For Dealing With Sargassum Seaweed While Swimming
Be Prepared For The Odor
The first detail is an obvious one.
The odor is unpleasant and it’s something you are going to have to be on top of. Otherwise, you are not going to like the odor and it’s going to start to bother you after a while.
Sargassum seaweed is going to let off that terrible rotting scent that is going to take a bit of time to get used to even when you are in the water. As long as you are used to it, you are going to be able to get around it.
Don’t Swim Into It
We do not recommend swimming into the seaweed.
It’s simply not good for you. Yes, it is not dangerous, but that does not mean it is going to be 100% safe. It is still possible to be impacted by the hydrogen sulfide that’s going to be released by the seaweed.
Please be prepared for this and don’t go swimming into a part of the beach where there is too much of this seaweed on the surface!
We also want to note that small insects can get into the seaweed. This means if you brush against the seaweed or it wraps against you, the insects are going to get access to your skin.
This is when you can get an infection.
Wear Gloves When Touching Seaweed
Let’s assume seaweed has wrapped against something like a surfboard.
What are you going to do about it?
It’s natural to want to put your hand against the seaweed and pull it away. This is the wrong way to go about it because you are making skin contact with it.
Instead, you want to put on gloves and cover your skin before touching the seaweed. It’s the only way to stay safe.
If you don’t do this, you are going to be risking the chances of further irritation.
We would also not have children swimming in places such as these because they might not be able to regulate how they are around the seaweed. This can pose more issues including all of the irritation that comes along with touching it.
This is what you need to know about Sargassum seaweed in Florida.
We know you are not going to want to think about these things but they do matter.
When you are visiting different vacation areas in Florida, you are likely to deal with this. It’s a part of the experience and it’s best to be prepared.
Amanda Harper is a travel enthusiast with 10+ years of traveling experience across the planet. Her passion for writing and travel makes her a walking bibliography on modern-day tourism.