Florida is having a crisis. For weeks Red Tide has been in the gulf, from Ft. Myers to Clearwater. Since we are new to Florida seeing the results of Red Tide effects on the marine life has been horrible. I know a little about Red Tide, that it comes and goes. However, this time it is just sitting in the gulf and moving very slow if at all.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “red tide is a naturally-occurring microscopic alga that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840s.”
Thousands of dead fish have washed up on the beach is heartbreaking. Now dolphins, turtles, manatees, and even a whale shark have been killed by this toxic algae bloom. While there is never a good timing for this to come near shore, this is the height of baby turtles hatching and making a run towards the water. For humans, if you go to the beach, the toxins get up in the air, which you will breathe in, can cause respiratory problems.
So, if you were planning to visit Florida, you might want to go to the Atlantic Side.