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Seaweed covering Singer Island shoreline

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - Seaweed called sargassum is covering the shoreline along Singer Island.

Lifeguards say it stretches along the more than five miles of Singer Island, as well as many other beaches in Palm Beach County.

The seaweed blows this way from easterly winds caused when high pressure from the north meets low pressure from the south.

The brownish-green seaweed left some swimmers Sunday wary of the water.

"I will definitely be a little afraid to actually sit out on the beach with the seaweed right there," said Taria Poteat of West Palm Beach. "I don't know. It looks kind of scary."

This seaweed is also known as Mother Nature's natural fertilizer, helping keep the vegetation healthy.

Lifeguards say the seaweed will likely be raked by the city in the next few days when the winds calm down.

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