Manatee found paralyzed from red tide

Audrey Hill
August 6, 2018

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

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

At least 400 sea turtles have died, Newsweek is reporting.

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday said he directed state agencies "to mobilize all available resources to address red tide impacts in Southwest Florida's coastal communities". It comes from the ocean and can cause breathing problems, teary eyes, scratchy throats and make it unbearable to be at the beach. 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.

Dolphins, manatees and even a whale shark have washed up dead on the Gulf of Mexico beaches because of what locals call the Florida "red tide".

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"It's hard to predict more than a few days out [when it will end]", Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Michelle Kerr told CNN. 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.

Most algae blooms are beneficial to the ocean, providing a source of food for marine creatures.

"We are seeing more than double the number of animals being impacted at this time of the year, from the red tide", said Trindell.

Toxic freshwater algae blooms started inland at Lake Okeechobee.

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.

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