Red Tide Moves Closer To Pinellas County 

Posted: 3:21 am Monday, August 6th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


Dead fish have washed ashore from the Sanibel causeway after dying in a red tide on August 1, 2018 in Sanibel, Florida. Red tide season usually lasts from October to around February, but the current red tide has stayed along the coast for around 10 months, killing massive amounts of fish as well as sea turtles, manatees and a whale shark swimming in the area.

The red tide that is killing fish and other marine life on the east coast of Florida is getting closer to Pinellas County. Over the weekend in Manatee county dead fish have seen on the beaches of Anna Maria Islandcientists at Mote Marine Laboratory are concerned about how much further it could spread.  The red tide can also affect people with respiratory issues. You can keep track of the tide’s movement here.



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The red tide is also affecting  sea turtle nesting season. The news from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation isn’t good. A new report from the group is blaming red tide for more dead and sick sea turtles being found on Florida beaches. If you do spot a turtle in distress you can report disoriented or stranded sea turtles to 978-728-3663(978-SAVE-ONE).



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