I’d love to be able to say it’s been the summer of love or money here in Xcalak but in my mind it’s actually been the summer of the Sargasso Sea. Nice to look at, not so nice to smell, this stuff washed ashore for a good many weeks here and, from what I’ve heard, many other parts of the Riviera Maya. I tried to do some research to find out what it’s all about. Is this a common occurrence? Does it come every summer? Where does it come from? What does it do? And when will it go away? I’m still not sure I completely understand, but I did learn that there’s an enormous (as in 2 million square miles) patch of this floating seaweed called sargassum that is located entirely in the Atlantic Ocean. It circles and rotates depending on currents and apparently lots of it drifts off and has now come to the shores of Xcalak.
At least, I think that’s what happened. I could have just made all of that up since I’m not an oceanographer, I just play one on this blog. Thankfully, regardless of whether I know what I’m talking about or not, our Sargasso Sea has started to move along and we’re starting to see the reemergence of our sandy shores once again making myself, and a whole lot of other people (and noses) extremely happy.