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Do More Than Just Drift

The Galveston County Daily News reports that there is an unusual amount of seaweed washing up on Galveston beaches.

Above is a picture I took last week in Galveston. You see that seagull is eating some creature unlucky enough to be caught in a clump of seaweed and washed up on the beach.

This is what happens if you drift through life. You get washed up on the beach and maybe eaten.

Here is a definition of seaweed-

Any of various red, green, or brown algae that live in ocean waters. Some species of seaweed are free-floating, while others are attached to the ocean bottom. Seaweed range from the size of a pinhead to having large fronds (such as those of many kelps) that can be as much as 30.5 m (100 ft) in length. Certain species are used for food (such as nori) and fertilizer, and others are harvested for carrageenan and other substances used as thickening, stabilizing, emulsifying, or suspending agents in industrial, pharmaceutical, and food products. Seaweed is also a natural source of the element iodine, which is otherwise found only in very small amounts.

Here is a link to the well-done Seaweed Site. It will teach you a lot about seaweed.

Here is information from NOAA about deep water seaweed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Below is a picture I took last year of some driftwood that got stuck on shore on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River across from Cincinnati.

I don’t want to be driftwood. That log is marooned.

Below is a photo I took few years ago of seaweed and what is, as far as I can see, a sea-tumbleweed.

A tumbleweed just blows around.

This picture was taken on the Gulf of Mexico side of North Padre Island National Seashore just outside of Corpus Christi.

Circumstance plays a great part in life. Sometimes you are just out of luck. But to the extent possible, you’ve got to take command of your fate. Be more than seaweed, driftwood, or a tumbleweed.

Here is the definition of a tumbleweed—-

“Any of various densely branched annual plants, such as amaranth and Russian thistle, that break off from the roots at the end of the growing season and are rolled about by the wind. 


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May 17, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Waxing philosophical today eh, Neil? Nicely done.

    Comment by lbwoodgate | May 17, 2011

  2. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 17, 2011

  3. That seaweed is carried here by the same currents that brought Columbus to the Americas. There’s a huge amount on the beaches from April to June. Don’t they usually bulldoze it up a little above the tide mark to help make dunes? Some people use it as mulch as it is high in trace minerals.

    Comment by Bacopa | May 18, 2011

  4. Bacopa—The story I link to says that can’t bulldoze it yet to to some permitting issue. Regretfully, they don’t explain it any further. I think they often remove it totally. At least they do where many people use the beach during the beach season. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 18, 2011

  5. Yeah, A few places they totally remove it. Other places they bulldoze it for erosion control. Still to early in the year as more seaweed will be coming. I mostly go to some pretty isolated beaches in Brazoria Co where they don’t usually do anything at all.

    Comment by Bacopa | May 20, 2011


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