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"Sargassum was named by the Portuguese sailors who found it in the Sargasso Sea after a species of rock rose (Helianthemum) that grew in their water wells at home and that was called sargaço in Portuguese The Florida Keys and its smaller islands are well known for their high levels of Sargassum covering their shores. Gulfweed was observed by Columbus. Although it was formerly thought to cover the entirety of the Sargasso Sea, making navigation impossible, it has since been found to occur only in drifts."

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Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Lat: 8.43, Long: 76.94

Spotted on Feb 15, 2014
Submitted on Feb 15, 2014

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