It is called sargassum, a brown seaweed that can wash up on Florida beaches year round, however is most common during winter and spring months. It is not harmful to humans, however, when it appears in large quantities, it can cause some minor respiratory problems.
Overall, it is a valuable part of the marine ecosystem. As it moves with tides, currents and wind, it can provide shade and a safe haven for baitfish, gamefish such as mahi-mahi, and sea turtles. It primarily impacts the Gulf side during the winter months due to cold fronts.
Our team works to keep the beach area clean and clear as much as possible, relocating the grass back to the ocean. Learn more here.