[USA] A blanket of toxic red seaweed, dubbed ‘Red Tide’, has washed ashore on Florida’s southwest coast and brought with it lots of dead fish and a nasty stench.
The ongoing toxic algae bloom is considered to be the longest red tide outbreak for the Gulf of Mexico in over a decade, and officials say it will most likely last until 2019.
High concentrations of toxic algae, known as blooms, have affected at least 120 miles of the peninsula’s Gulf of Mexico coast since November 2017.
Officials say nearly 400 sea turtles have died because of the toxic bloom. Pelicans, manatees and a whale shark have also washed ashore since this unprecedented bloom started.
Red tide blooms produce toxic chemicals that can affect both marine organisms and humans.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently examining samples of the algae from different locations along the west coast.
In a report on Wednesday, they wrote: “We continue to receive reports of fish kills in Southwest Florida.
“Over the past week, reports were received for multiple locations in Sarasota County, in Charlotte County, in and offshore of Lee County, and in Collier County.”
A wind shift is likely what caused the thousands of dead fish to wash ashore on normally pristine Sanibel Island this past weekend.
The city is issuing a daily “fish kill clean-up” report because of the “unprecedented volume of dead sea life currently washing up.”
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