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Dead fish, red tide, plague Florida tourists, beaches

Dead fish, red tide, plague Florida tourists, beaches

The Herald-Tribune reports that visitors piled into the parking lot of Venice Beach, got out of their cars, started hacking, coughing and sneezing and then quickly left.

The harmful effects are caused by toxins that are released when the organism dies, so killing the algae would produce even more toxins in the water.

"We've also had issues for Collier, Charlotte, and Sarasota counties too".

These samples are analyzed for detection and enumeration of Karenia brevis-the species responsible for Florida red tide-along with water quality parameters, phytoplankton community composition, and red tide toxins, officials said.

They say almost 300 sea turtles have died since the toxic bloom began in the fall, that's about double the average number.




On Tuesday, three manatees washed ashore, and WINK News reports that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claims this year there are higher than normal manatee deaths from red tide.

Crews came out with a fish disposal truck to clean the smelly marine life from the beach, and by 8:30 a.m., most had been removed. Currents may push the blooms to shore and chemical conditions on the shoreline can help the algae sustain itself.

"During my time in office, we have invested millions of dollars to research and mitigate red tide along Florida's Gulf Coast", Scott said in a statement. They can also cause respiratory irritarion in humans.

With red tide, the water might be a little discolored with a hint of red or brown but it's not always visible.

The latest red tide report from the FWC shows high concentrations along the southwest Florida coast.