THOUSANDS more dead fish wash up in Florida as Red Tide toxic algae bloom continues to plague the Gulf Coast amid a state of emergency declared by the governor

Friday, August 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

The algae bloom known as Red Tide has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, killing wildlife in the sea
Alarming photos show corpses littering Fort Myers beach and hundreds washed up next to a jetty in Placida
Beach-goers have been horrified to find turtles, fish like goliath grouper and even manatees wash up dead

By CHARLIE MOORE
DAILYMAIL.COM
17 August 2018

Thousands of dead fish have washed up on a popular Florida beach as a toxic algae bloom plagues the Gulf Coast, killing tourism and wildlife.

Alarming photos show the foul-smelling corpses littering the sand at Fort Myers beach and hundreds more washed up next to a jetty in Placida, around 50 miles north.

The algae bloom known as Red Tide has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico, drifting through the water since in October.

‘I’ve never seen it this bad,’ said 31-year-old Heather Lamb of Venice. ‘I feel like it cleanses your soul to go to the beach. For me to not be able to go, it’s painful.

Stretching about 150 miles, it’s affecting communities from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island in the north and appears to be moving northward.

The algae turns the water toxic for marine life, and in recent weeks beachgoers have been horrified to find turtles, large fish like goliath grouper and even manatees wash up dead.

In late July, a 26-foot long whale shark washed ashore on Sanibel Island, which is known for its pristine beaches.

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