Sargasso Mats

This morning we have been given great mats of Saragossa Sea seaweed, here pictured by a top of land grass. These mats come from the Saragosso Sea which is located just north and to the east of the Bahamas. The sea itself is centered on Bermuda. It is a vortex of circular currents which streach out for a thousand miles and at this time of the year, when we do not have strong storms or winds and the seas are mild float past us litterally these are islands in the stream. What is really cool about these mats is that below them feeding on the vegitation are large schools of small fish, also snails and shrimp... and below them are much larger fish feeding on the smaller fish. These are in fact floating and moving communities of life. The entire food chain. Local fishermen know to watch for these mats and use them as great markers for fishing spots. In the afternoon when our rains kick in the mats are washed ashore.

For me the mats are an annual reminder of how vast yet interconected the world is.