"It's an endless task, but what else can we do, we arrived early to give a 'little hand of cat' to the beach, take what we can, before the tourists arrive and get scared or disappointed," says Monica Martinez, 45 years old, who works in the cleaning of the coast.
For eight hours, the sargaceros "sweep" 15 linear meters (49.2 feet) of coastline, pile piles in the sand, while others transport in cartloads kilos of this seaweed to form a giant mound that later a construction excavator removes from the beach.
The day is exhausting for workers because a cubic meter of wet sargassum weighs up to 200 kilograms (440.9 lbs).
"After two weeks your back hurts, apart from giving us gloves, face masks, nothing. We walk barefoot fighting against the algae ", adds Monica, who, like her colleagues, receives 5 thousand pesos (USD 263.95) a month for her services.
"The sargassum is changing our lives. Until a few months ago I was engaged in the rental of snorkeling equipment and up to 100 clients per day. Now it is impossible, see how sowed the water is, it seems chapopote ", says Fabián Escalona, boatman.