Florida Red Tide — It’s GONE!
- Red tide blooms are not new, they have formed in the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of years. Excessive blooming of plankton known as Karenia brevis causes red tide. The blooming is natural and it typically occurs it is typically late summer or early fall. The bloom of this algae in high densities often turns the beautiful blue water a murky brown or reddish color.
- Red tides can last a few weeks or many months depending on conditions that influence the bloom’s growth. These conditions include, water currents, sunlight, speed and direction of the wind, nature in general.
- Humans do not contract red tide — they exhibit symptoms from being exposed to it. Symptoms are typically burning eyes and throat irritation with a cough and can vary individually.
- Red Tide can affect the central nervous system of fish and other vertebrates, causing these animals to die. Scientists tell us, mammals like manatee are particularly susceptible because they breathe in the toxin, can ingest toxic food and take in some seawater containing toxins.
- When we see dead fish the cause is not always red tide; there are other conditions that affect marine life.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – Beach Conditions Reporting System
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