Dead fish, red tide, plague Florida tourists, beaches

The red tide algae is deadly to fish and cause irritation in humans

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

The Florida Wildlife Commission reports high levels of algae in the water causing the red tide.

The city is issuing a daily "fish kill clean-up" report because of the "unprecedented volume of dead sea life now washing up".

According to the NWS, beach goers should watch out for the respiratory impacts of red tide including coughing, sneezing, and tearing eyes.

While the toxic algae blooms known as "red tides" are common off the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is calling the current event the worst in a decade.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, almost 300 sea turtles have died since a red tide algae bloom started late a year ago between Sarasota and Collier counties. At least 90 sea turtles have been found stranded as the tide stretches well into nesting season.

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Sea turtles, manatees, fish and other animals are seeing a spike in their mortality rate during 2018, especially in Southwest Florida.

According to United States network CNN, this year's effect of the red tide on marine life has been unprecedented. The FWC reports that this recent bloom has been monitored since November.

But the bloom is not only risky to marine animals. The FWC also explains the carcasses are valuable for a cause of death determination and understanding marine health threats.

"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.

All we do know is that marine life is dying, and there are two different types of algae.

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