Just after sunset in early August, divers descend into inky black waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 100 miles from shore. The beams of their dive lights pierce the darkness, illuminating a large coral mound, its textured surface covered in tiny white dots. At some unseen signal, the dots begin to rise toward the sea […]
If you hit the beach recently in the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico, you may have encountered piles of stinky seaweed. This is what’s known as a sargassum bloom.