A visitor’s perspective on sargassum in Antigua

A colleague has just returned from a holiday in Antigua and shared photos of the small number of beaches affected by sargassum, on the eastern side of the island. One of the beaches affected is an important turtle nesting beach. He noted his perception of the sargassum, specifically the unpleasant smell from the decomposing sargassum and how the sargassum in the nearshore acted as a barrier to beach access and swimming.

A sea tractor that harvests sargassum to be sent for processing overseas (provided by Sebastian Reichel, University of Southampton)
Provided by Sebastian Reichel (University of Southampton)
Waves of sargassum (provided by Sebastian Reichel, University of Southampton)

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