Red tide, dead fish plague tourists

Red tide, dead fish plague tourists

Red tide, dead fish plague tourists

Social media has been inundated with images of dead animals that failed to escape the toxic bloom washing up on the Gulf of Mexico beaches across Florida.

- As dead fish and marine animals continue to pile up on the shores of Southwest Florida beaches, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are asking for help reporting dead and sick animal sightings.

The newspaper, calling the algae outbreak a "crisis", says the suspected cause of death is red tide poisoning.

A bloom of red tide algae has swept in from Naples to Tampa, killing marine life and tourism in its path.

Red tide is the name given to the blooms of a species of microorganisms that have a distinct red colour. He said all of the photos were recent, and all taken in the month of July. Respiratory irritation and murky clumps of red drift algae have been reported from Collier to Sarasota counties. Those who are looking for spots free of red tide can visit https://visitbeaches.org and myfwc.com/redtidestatus to see which beaches have been affected.


Dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and even a whale shark have washed ashore in southern Florida.

Mote Marine Laboratory's phytoplankton ecology team, along with the Florida Wildlife Research Institute and Harmful Algal Bloom researchers, conducted a red tide survey along the Florida Gulf coast on Wednesday.

Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working to release some of the toxic water from the lake.

Kevin Cloutier runs a real estate company with properties along many of southwest Florida's waterways.

The US Federal Government met with Florida residents in late July to discuss the water quality issue after Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in the area around Lake Okeechobee.

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