Red Tide WIPING OUT marine life: Dead dolphins, sharks, turtles in APOCALYPTIC scenes

Thursday, August 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

Florida beaches are being left awash with the rotting corpses of dolphins, sharks and turtles brought to shore by the notorious Red Tide. The gruesome phenomenon of rotting marine life stretching along 150-miles of sun-kissed Gulf Coast sands are the ghastly result of a deadly toxic bloom floating on the waves.

By STUART WINTER
Express.co.uk
Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Microscopic karenia bravis cells create a ghastly panorama when they burst into life, turning the seas blood red and spelling doom for marine creatures great and small throughout infected coastal waters, coves and inlets.

Humans exposed to Red Tide toxins suffer respiratory problems, burning eyes and skin rashes.

For wildlife, they spell doom.

Eleven bottlenose dolphins are feared to have succumbed recently to the algae-poisoned seawaters, including a well-known individual called Speck.

A 26-foot long whale shark as well as 266 marine turtles have also died, washing ashore alongside tons of rotting fish.

Florida’s iconic manatee – the docile marine mammals that gave rise to the mermaid legend – are also being killed at the rate of 10 a day, a devastating death toll for a creature classified as Vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species.

For all its horrific effects, the Red Tide is not a new phenomenon.

Early settlers to Florida witnessed its terrible impacts back in the 1700s, with outbreaks remaining as cyclical as the regular tides that wash the shores.

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