First ever images of Sargassum seaweed from space

This video shows a juvenile golden trevally fish, beating the current, whilst keeping close to a tangle of sargassum seaweed.

This fish is an exact replica of an adult golden trevally, though the adult tend to be a bit paler in yellow.

From Big News Network:

First ever images of Sargassum seaweed from space captured


Paris, June 7 : The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) environmental satellite, Envisat, has for the first time, captured images of Sargassum seaweed, famous in nautical lore for entangling ships in its dense floating vegetation.

Researchers say the ability to monitor Sargassum globally will allow a better understanding of the primary productivity of the ocean, and hence better predict climate change.

The team of Dr Jim Gower and Stephanie King of the Canadian Institute of Ocean Sciences and Dr Chuamin Hu of the US University of South Florida used optical radiance data from the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) aboard Envisat, to identify extensive lines of floating Sargassum in the western Gulf of Mexico in the summer of 2005. …

“So far, we have found two things (Sargassum and Antarctic superblooms) that have never been seen from space before. It is really very exciting,” said King.

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