Red tide kills hundreds of fish, turtles in southwest Florida

Red tide kills hundreds of fish, turtles in southwest Florida

Red tide kills hundreds of fish, turtles in southwest Florida

"I am on vacation, so I'm trying to make the most out of it".

FWC marine turtle biologist Robbin Trindell says the increased number is due, in part, to the red tide affecting numerous beaches where the turtles nest during the summer time.

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

County workers are set to clean up the dead fish on Thursday.

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Frequent, strong weather systems can help to break up the bloom. 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. "We're even seeing large loggerhead sea turtles being effected, and that's because this red tide has lasted into the nesting season".

What is Florida Red Tide?

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

"Many people will tell you that this is the worst they have ever seen", Jacylin Bevis, a reporter with the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida, told NBC News.

Higher than normal concentrations are called blooms and the toxins in them can kill fish, crabs, and other marine life. 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.

While biologists are still working to determine the cause of death, if the algae bloom did play a role, it would be the first known incident in which a whale shark has been killed by a bloom.

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