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Old 05-24-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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Just curious, me and my fiance were down in Galveston this weekend just walking along side the beach and it was very relaxing, except the hideous looking seaweed on the coast.

I know people say it helps slow erosion and things like that but are there any other beaches (besides in Texas) that have to endure this? It looks kinda yucky especialy when i see people laying on the beach surounded by it. Is it a problem in Florida beaches, California, Missisippi, Alabama, Georgia, or Louisiana? Is it only a Texas thing?

I must say that Galveston has seemed like its improved their beaches though. Am i alone in that regard?
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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When I lived in California I saw a lot of seaweed there. It is natural and good. I also lived in C.Christi and the beaches there cleaned them up in the areas where people were. It isn't always possible to keep up with it.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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When I went to Galveston for the vacation last summer with my family, I was very surprised how the beach were very clean compared to before hurricane Ike came. There were no seaweeds or seashells. The beach is so much better now than they were before. I'm not sure what the beach looks like now this summer.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:10 PM
 
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The beach looks great. It really seems like its somewhat cleaned up its act. The water even looked blue from a distance until you got close up on it, you can see it is not clear as some beaches due to the silt running from the mississippi which they can't do much about.

Stewart beach is still the best public beach in Galveston, but even right next to Stewart Beach, just slightly west along the Seawall, they've added a new beach area called Pomgrade or something like that. Its starting to look like a real beach that the Island takes pride in.

I wish i had taken some pictures.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:15 PM
 
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I'm a fisherman so I'm in the Galveston area almost every weekend. The seaweed is Sargassum. It comes to the Texas shores annually usually between May through August. It and eyesore and usually an annoyance while fishing.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:29 PM
 
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I just spent a week on the island. There was minor patches of seaweed on the beaches but I went swimming several days and didn't notice any in the water. It's actually good for preventing beach erosion but I'll admit that too much is sort of icky to be walking over. I agree that the big thick mats of the stuff seem a thing of the past since Ike. The dang jellyfish that have bothered me on previous trips also were absent, thank goodness.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:34 AM
 
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Default Cool stuff...

For those of us with marine tanks, that sargassum weed is a treasure chest, like a box of chocolates as Forrest Gump would say... "you never know what you are going to get", or something like that.

I used to like to wade into the water and troll for that stuff because inside of it, one would find exotic marine life... seahorses, shrimp (not table shrimp), cool looking crabs, sargassum fish, pipe fish, cool snails, sometimes baby turtles, and lots of small fish. It is like a floating reef.

I liked to visit Surfside Beach, where it was not cleaned up, and large chunks would still be floating a few yards out. May through August is the best time for that stuff, June being the best.... just in case anyone has an interest.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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I have horrible memories of Galveston!!!! I went to Stewart Beach 2-3 years ago and was bitten by Mosquitoes. I ran for my life as I was followed by the mosquitoes. It was horrible!! After that experience I never went back.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:35 AM
 
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I have horrible memories of Galveston!!!! I went to Stewart Beach 2-3 years ago and was bitten by Mosquitoes. I ran for my life as I was followed by the mosquitoes. It was horrible!! After that experience I never went back.
Then you better not ever visit Florida, Alabama, Missisisppi, East Coast, or any other beach in the world because water is a haven for mosquitos to hang out.
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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>> or any other beach in the world

And I think by world you mean USA heheheh!!!


Maybe mosquitoes on beaches are common in USA but I am from Pakistan and I have NEVER EVER seen mosquitoes in Pakistan. Recently I visited Caribbean (I am not comparing Carribbean with Galveston) and found that there were fire ants on the beaches of Cozumel. The beach was AWESOME but finding ants on the beach was a dark side.

I think that Galveston is decent when you think that Houston is basically a industrial city.
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