Bad weather leaves a thick carpet of sargassum on Yucatan beaches

A thick carpet of sargassum covers the beaches of Yucatán as a result of the bad weather of the last days.

Bad weather leaves a thick carpet of sargassum on Yucatan beaches
Bad weather leaves a thick carpet of sargassum on Yucatan beaches

The effects of the cold fronts that have passed through the peninsular region have caused the accumulation of a significant amount of sargassum in large areas of the north and west coast of the state.

The upset began this weekend at points like Progreso and its port police stations in Chicxulub Puerto, Chelem and Chuburná, among others.

The accumulation of algae reached the Malecón de Progreso, where since yesterday the local town hall had urban cleaning crews and machinery to try to start clearing the beaches.

The area of ​​the swamp of Progreso was flooded in several points and in the case of the beaches, this wave causes all the algae that are already dead, to leave the sea to fulfill their natural process of decomposition. It causes a very unpleasant smell that drives people and tourists away from the beaches.

It is very likely that sargassum will continue in the next two days as part of the remnants left by the last cold fronts, as well as the emergence of new frontal systems in the region.

The cold front number 7 that in combination with the tropical wave number 47 left a thick carpet of sargassum that covers the beaches of Yucatan.
The cold front number 7 that in combination with the tropical wave number 47 left a thick carpet of sargassum that covers the beaches of Yucatan.

This area of the beaches, is used by the men of the sea to make the fishing of several marine species, which causes a problem since the boats were removed when the bad weather was announced and now the dense sargassum carpet prevents the boats from being returned to the sea.

The boardwalk that receives tourists arriving on cruise ships, is also covered with sargassum, however, the beach conditions are not like those of the beach.

It is worth mentioning that the arrival of a cruise ship from Cozumel is scheduled, however, restaurant workers occupying the palapas on the boardwalk had not done any cleaning work.

Some restaurant employees said they will have to remove the sargassum from their work areas to avoid being affected.

Sargassum on Yucatan beaches
Sargassum on Yucatan beaches

Source: La Verdad

Recommended stories

Beaches of Progreso, Yucatán

The emerald green beaches of Yucatan are an option to cool off with your family, visit a nearby cenote, admire the mangrove forests, the archaeological sites and the species of flora and fauna typical of the Yucatan coast.

The beautiful beaches of Progreso, an open invitation to national and foreign visitors.
The beautiful beaches of Progreso, an open invitation to national and foreign visitors.

During a trip made in Yucatan, from Chuburna to Dzilam de Bravo passing through Progreso, it is possible to admire a set of clean beaches, to the point that Yucatecan families and national and foreign visitors can enjoy cleanliness and tranquility of the beaches.

 Telchac is mostly populated by summer houses and some hotels, but that does not prevent enjoying the small coastal population of beaches and sport fishing in some points. In Telchac, families who live nearby often go to the small boardwalk to eat and stroll in the afternoons and of course to dive into the clean waters of the beach of this small Yucatan port that does not escape the arrival of foreign visitors although in a smaller scale than the beaches of the Riviera Maya.

Santa Clara, one of the most emerald beaches and with the least propaganda, is also one of the most tranquil and free of sargassum, algae that at this time has caused a strong crisis on the beaches of Quintana Roo, where the hotel sector is suffering from its occupation in almost 40 percent of its availability, due to the bad "recommendation" that gives the great wave of sargassum that has arrived at this time.

In the same route of Yucatan, entering a few kilometers to the road that leads to Dzemul, it is possible to admire the pink flamingos, this species has its main refuge in the mangroves of the saline lagoon and see them in the middle of a pink lake, without having to go to Celestun, is a plus added to the visit of the beaches of Yucatan.

Finally, in San Crisanto, located about 80 kilometers from the capital of Yucatan. It is possible to observe the "eyes of water", especially one, which attracts domestic and foreign tourists attracted by the presence of marine species that have adapted to the fresh water that possibly arises from an underground cenote.

By Mexicanist