SARGASSO BEACH

In Miami Beach and all along the South Florida coast, we can often observe seaweeds deposits. These plants piles, sometimes nauseating, doesn’t match the image of the spotless sandy beaches of the sunshine state. But it’s forgetting that the atlantic coast of florida is situated along the sargasso sea.
This “sea without coastlines” owes its name from the floating sargassum seaweeds which grows there, creating huge rafts. Thanks to some currents, a part of these seaweeds goes along the floridian shores and we can observe easily the so particular fauna that they shelter.

Indeed, multiple species live permanently in this moving pelagic oasis. These animals can show incredible mimicry. Other species spend only their larval period there, finding in this floating copse a quite indicated nursery.

 Animals observed alive in  Sargassum natans  between august 15th and october 10th, 2014 near North Shore Park, North Miami Beach. O'Khæn, ink on paper, 9"X12"

Animals observed alive in Sargassum natans between august 15th and october 10th, 2014 near North Shore Park, North Miami Beach. O'Khæn, ink on paper, 9"X12"

1: Histrio histrio – Sargassum anglerfish – Poisson-grenouille des Sargasses
2: Abudefduf saxatilis (juvenile) – Pintano – Sergent Major
3: Lepas pectinata – Small goose barnacle – Anatife
4: Leander tenuicornis – Brown glass shrimp – Crevette brune des Sargasses
5: Portunus sayi – Sargassum swimming crab – Crabe des Sargasses
6: Scyllaea pelagica – Sargassum nudibranch – Nudibranche des Sargasses
7: Stephanolepis hispidus (juvenile) – Planehead filefish – Baliste rugueux
8: Coryphaena hippurus (juvenile) – Dolphinfish – Mahi-Mahi
9: Hippocampus erectus – Lined seahorse – Hippocampe rayé

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