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Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
Any possibility that it was oil?
The Sargasso Sea has no shores. The 2 million-sq.-mi. body of water in the middle of the Atlantic is defined by two features: the ocean currents forming the North Atlantic subtropical gyre, which cycles around the sea, and sargassum, the free-floating golden-brown seaweed. The sargassum can be found scattered throughout the sea, sometimes entwined in vast waterborne mats. When Christopher Columbus encountered the sargassum while crossing the Atlantic, he ordered his men to fathom the depths, believing he had struck land. The oceanographer Sylvia Earle, though she prefers not to think in land-based metaphors, calls the sargassum "the golden rain forest of the sea," a base for scores of juvenile creatures, a floating nursery in a sea that was long believed to be a watery desert. She has traveled to Bermuda, on the western fringes of the Sargasso Sea, to see the sargassum and the ocean life she has worked for decades to protect. "The sargassum is the shelter," she says as her boat passes beyond Bermuda's coral reefs. "It is the island in the stream."
It's an island that can be tough to find. The late-summer hurricanes that plague the Atlantic had churned the waters off Bermuda like an eggbeater, breaking up the biggest sargassum mats. www.bios.edu...
Originally posted by Human_Alien
When you fly out or go back, can you snap some photos?
What are your feelings about AUTEC if, any?
Originally posted by crazydaisy
The pics posted however don't really look dark enough to me for an oil slick ...
- its either sargassum or an oil slick - a good thing to investigate further. I am hoping it isn't oil - it would pollute a beautiful area that I have traveled to from Key West on several occasions.