Red tide, dead fish plague tourists

Beaches at Boca Grande have been affected

Beaches at Boca Grande have been affected

She began treating poisoned birds as early as October. "I am on vacation, so I'm trying to make the most out of it".

FWC officials also want to quickly remove the bodies of dead marine life because their decomposition only works to fuel an already relentless red tide bloom.

Mote Marine Laboratory's phytoplankton ecology team, along with the Florida Wildlife Research Institute and Harmful Algal Bloom researchers, conducted a red tide survey along the Florida Gulf coast on Wednesday.

They call it red tide, a phenomenon that's not unusual, but can be very bad for animal life.

Frequent, strong weather systems can help to break up the bloom.

It is believed a combination of coastal pollution and nutrient-laden water being flushed into the warm waters of the gulf from Lake Okeechobee have caused the particularly severe red tide.

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. Those who are looking for spots free of red tide can visit and to see which beaches have been affected.

To report any dead or sick animal, contact FWC's wildlife alert hotline at 1-888-404-3922. And Tuesday, as hundreds of residents packed a standing-room-only Cape Coral yacht club to hear about the federal government's efforts to deal with water conditions, a dead manatee washed up at a nearby boat ramp.

Kills can occur at thresholds of at least 10,000 cells per liter.

The harmful algae bloom has also been hurting businesses in the area.

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