Dead fish, red tide, plague Florida tourists, beaches Living News

Dead fish, red tide, plague Florida tourists, beaches Living News

The sparkling white sand of Florida's southwestern beaches aren't dotted with sunbathers this week.

"As we continue to work with our partners to respond to the ongoing red tide event in Southwest Florida, we ask that you report any dead or distressed marine mammals and see turtles to our wildlife alert hotline", the FWC wrote on its official Instagram account Wednesday alongside images of workers rescuing a manatee sickened by red tide exposure. The county has also provided dumpster sites for residents as far south as Bonita Springs to dispose of dead fish.

About 100 miles of the Florida shore have been affected, and the red tide looks like a persistent one. However, there has yet to be a firm link established between nutrient pollution and the severity of red tide, according to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Florida's southwest waterways are now under assault by two different combatants: A red tide bloom from the Gulf of Mexico and a separate toxic algae bloom, which many believe is linked to discharge from Lake Okeechobee. "We're even seeing large loggerhead sea turtles being effected, and that's because this red tide has lasted into the nesting season".

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Carper of Delaware. "If the standards threatened auto jobs, then common-sense changes could have and should have been made". The Obama-era standard mandated that automobiles sold by auto companies have to reach 50 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025.

But the bloom is not only unsafe to marine animals. Red tides, on the other hand, produce toxins that can harm or kill sea life.

To humans, breathing in air containing the toxic algae can cause people to suffer from tearing eyes and frequent coughing and sneezing. 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.

Siesta Key is known for its blue water and lively marine life.

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