Historic Sargassum

Historic Sargassum

Sargassum has been vilified since it was first mentioned in Christopher Columbus’ ship logs. Its presence was first unwanted because it increased drag on larger vessels as they crossed the Atlantic. Tales of the seaweed embellished as time went on, suggesting the useless weed could pull down ships, and was it was even blamed as an integral part of the treacherous Bermuda Triangle. Historically, it has been referred to as ‘rock weed’ because of its resemblance to the vegetation on the shores of England and Ireland, and has always been looked at as a plague rather than a sign of good health.