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Sargassum

(särgăs`əm), genus of brown algae that has given its name to the Sargasso SeaSargasso Sea
, part of the N Atlantic Ocean, lying roughly between the West Indies and the Azores and from about lat. 20°N to lat. 35°N, in the horse latitudes. The relatively still sea is the center of a great swirl of ocean currents known as the North Atlantic
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, where it is found in great abundance. See PhaeophytaPhaeophyta
, phylum (division) of the kingdom Protista consisting of those organisms commonly called brown algae. Many of the world's familiar seaweeds are members of Phaeophyta. There are approximately 1,500 species.
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; seaweedseaweed,
name commonly used for the multicellular marine algae. Simpler forms, consisting of one cell (e.g., the diatom) or of a few cells, are not generally called seaweeds; these tiny plants help to make up plankton.
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sargassum

Provides vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes to support the heart and endocrine system. Helps to maintain healthy blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Algins in seaweed bind to heavy metals to chelate these metals from the body. Phytoestrogens,B vitamins, supports proper hormone balance, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary glands, bones, stress.
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sargassum

, sargasso
any floating brown seaweed of the genus Sargassum, such as gulfweed, of warm seas, having ribbon-like fronds containing air sacs
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The waters in the Gulf Stream are typically traveling north at a rate of four miles per hour and this current stacks up the sargassum weeds creating a smorgasbord for the dolphin.
"I tagged that fish in the beginning of May, during the first big push of sargassum weed that came into our area--there were hundreds of small dolphin around, what we call chickens," said Parramore.
They most often take a posture where they float on their side at the surface under a mat of sargassum weed. In a tropical estuary, they are most often observed around or under yellowing mangrove leaves as they drift about with the tides.
These fish will be farther offshore, but as long as fuel prices stay manageable, look for birds and large mats of sargassum weed that the dolphin hold under.
Richard begins his story with the sighting of mating cobia offshore, near a raft of sargassum weed:
Look for large mats of floating sargassum weeds to help you locate a great area to troll feathers and rigged ballyhoo for these schoolie dolphins.