Exploring the Ocean’s Nursery | The Aquatic World with Philippe Cousteau, S2 EP 1


Begin dictation, Captain’s log. We’ve been submerged for
weeks and are only now seeing the first signs
of the Sargasso Sea. There are far more baby sea
turtles here than I expected and the Sargassum seaweed is a singular almost yellowish shade of
green, and especially thick. I’ve sent my cameras out to explore. End dictation. (playful music) The Sargasso Sea is located here. Zoom out a little bit. It’s the only sea in the
world that is not defined by any land boundaries but
instead by ocean currents. And it’s known for its endemic and anomalous seaweed. (playful music) This is Sargassum. There is nearly 10 million
tons of it floating on the sea’s surface as this
seaweed has no root system. You might recognize it
as it often washes up on Caribbean beaches. Many scientists call the
Sargasso Sea a nursery in the open ocean because
it provides food and shelter for many of the Atlantic Ocean’s infants. Most common are baby
Loggerhead sea turtles who, after hatching, swim here to mature. Young eels, shrimp, crabs,
mahi-mahi and marlins also maturate here in the Sargasso. Sacré bleu, what’s that? That thing floating there? (sighs) It’s plastic. God do we hate plastic. The Sargasso Sea is also home to the North Atlantic Garbage Patch. Trash from around the planet gathers here thanks to multiple competing currents. It’s a human-made maritime disaster. – That’s why we only use
biodegradable plastic on this submarine and no straws. (soft instrumental music) – Look Captain, I think one of the infants has taken a liking to the ship. So he has Bryan, so he has. (soft music)

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