June Grass Update Beginning of Memorial Day Weekend
June grass update for Walton County 5/24/13:PM
0.5-2 on the June Grass Grossness Index.
I had my inaugural Gulf of Mexico swim on Monday and the water was warm and crystal clear so I was hoping to be able to deliver a June Grass Report of ZERO for Memorial Day weekend, but alas that is not to be the case. June Grass is fickle and when I went for a swim at about 6:30 this evening there was some sargassum up on the beach and some June Grass. Most of the June grass was pushed up in the shallows and as I waded out to the first sandbar it pretty much disappeared. The moon is full tonight so the tide was WAY out and I could walk out to the first sandbar without getting wet much above my knees. The water was also a bit cooler today, but still nice, and the wind was coming from the North.
I had my diving mask with me so I looked around underwater for awhile. I saw a tiny flounder about 3″ long and then as I was getting out to leave I saw a big fish jump in the air three times way out past the second sandbar. There were also a number of shorebirds around. Speaking of wildlife: shore birds and sea turtles are currently nesting on our beaches! Please respect them and follow any regulations pertaining to wildlife. The beach is for everybody! Also please use your common sense and best judgement while having fun at the beach this weekend!
I was out on Okaloosa Island Monday morning and saw a few rafts of sargassum in the East Pass, but it looked nice otherwise. When I was out there this morning it looked like Crab Island was getting ready for the weekend.
At the time this report was made the beach flags were yellow, but check them again before you head to the beach.
I would love it if you would share your personal June Grass and beach condition reports in the comments section. It would also be great if you left a comment to tell me where you’re traveling from to visit the beach!
If there isn’t a current June Grass report up on this site I suggest checking the link to local beach cams on the left side of this page. They can often give you an idea of what the water is like. It is also important to “Know Before You Go” and check local beach flags. They are updated twice daily at 9:30am and 1:30pm.
PLEASE ENJOY THE BEACH RESPONSIBLY!
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