Toxic algae are harmful not only to humans but also to dogs, which are particularly vulnerable to blue/green cyanobacteria — owners should prevent their pets from coming into contact with it.Continue Reading 141 words
Beachgoers in Mississippi over the long Fourth of July weekend were sorely disappointed — all 21 of the state’s beaches were closed due to a toxic algal bloom that has made the water unsafe for swimming. The “blue-green” bloom, which has been growing and resulted in beach closures there since June, is caused by the […]Continue Reading 529 words
Last summer’s toxic algal blooms in Florida both originating in the ocean (red tide) as well as Lake Okeechobee (blue-green blooms) cost millions of dollars in economic losses and killed thousands of fish, turtles and other marine and aquatic animals. These blooms are also harmful to human health but we don’t fully understand the extent […]Continue Reading 382 words
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- harmful algal blooms
- red tide
- sea turtles
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The red tide that tormented the coast of Florida was extremely deadly for marine wildlife. The Miami Herald Tribune reported that the Florida Department of Fish and Game attributed the deaths of 589 sea turtles and 213 manatee deaths to this episode of red tide, which began in late 2017. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported it had killed 127 bottlenose dolphins as of Dec. 20 (when the government shutdown began), leading the agency to declare an unusual mortality event. And that is not counting the tons of dead fish that washed ashore.Continue Reading 379 words