Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Sanibel Beach Covered With Sea Creatures Killed by Red Tide

Sanibel Beach Covered With Sea Creatures Killed by Red Tide

Red tide blooms produce toxic chemicals that can affect both marine organisms and humans.

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

A combination of red tide along Florida's coastline and blue-green algae in rivers and canals is killing a variety of animals in Florida waters this summer.

WINK-TV News meteorologist Matt Devitt posted images on his Facebook page of fish, stingrays, manatees, turtles and a whale shark that had died.

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.

"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".

Despite consistently being ranked one of the top beaches in the country, fish and eel likely killed by red tide have pushed tourists away from the area.

According to U.S. network CNN, this year's effect of the red tide on marine life has been unprecedented.

According to reports, the US Army Corps of Engineers released water from the lake which had poisoned waterways downstream. The algae bloom - which gets its name because the microscopic algae often turn water red - has already lasted since November of a year ago, and could stretch into 2019, some scientists are saying.

"It's certainly disgusting", said Amy Benton, who walked along the shoreline early Thursday with a scarf over her nose and mouth as protection.

For people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as emphysema or asthma, red tide can cause serious illness.

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