Sargassum update in Tulum

It’s tough to find news articles about the sargassum situation in the Caribbean. I’m in Tulum, Mexico, and I usually see more news about the smelly seaweed from island news sources.

Over the last two months, I’ve noticed the sargassum was less intense along the shoreline after heavy rain, when the wind shifts. Then, around the time of the eclipse 10 days ago, the seaweed started to clear around here.

Here’s what I’ve seen over roughly the last three weeks.

I have not done any formal interviews (I’m a self-unemployed journalist), but Mexicans who sell diving tours tell me they haven’t seen the mats of sargassum and everything looks pristine as far as they can see. They feel things are looking up as everyone here gears up for “high season.”

Of course, that could all change in a day, depending on which way the wind blows. So for now, I’ll just enjoy today.

Enjoying a clear beach and sea, as far as the eye can see, at Playa Maya on October 7, 2015.

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