Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
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Red tide algae bloom killing marine life off Florida coast

Red tide algae bloom killing marine life off Florida coast

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

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

FWC marine turtle biologist Robbin Trindell says the increased number is due, in part, to the red tide affecting numerous beaches where the turtles nest during the summer time.

K. brevis produces neurotoxins that can sicken and kill fish, seabirds, turtles and other marine life.

To humans, breathing in air containing the toxic algae can cause people to suffer from tearing eyes and frequent coughing and sneezing. A map released by FWC officials on Wednesday shows a red tide hot zone stretching from Manasota Beach in the south up to Sarasota in the north.

To report any dead or sick animal, contact FWC's wildlife alert hotline at 1-888-404-3922.

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

Most algae blooms are beneficial to the ocean, providing a source of food for marine creatures.

"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. The red tide is going strong - and has been joined by toxic blue-green algae invading Lake Okeechobee, and several of the state's rivers and canals, Newsweek said.

The bloom is an annual event in the waters around Florida and it usually breaks up with the wind and tide; but according to local reports, the current bloom has lasted for up to nine months and has killed more marine life than usual.

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