Massive Red Tide bloom threatens marine life in Florida

The coastal plains of Florida are facing serious threat from a large Red Tide bloom which has not been seen for almost a decade.

The Red Tide is posing devastating infestation on the marine life of Florida. The incoming tide has already claimed lives of thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and it is now reported to be closing in on the coast. The Red tide bloom is expected to wash ashore striking the mainland in around two weeks.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the bloom is spread about 80 miles in length and approx 50 miles in width in Gulf of Mexico but presently the tide is from 40 to 90 miles offshore.

“It could have large impacts if it were to move inshore. It has been killing a lot of marine species, especially fish, as it waits offshore,” Brandon Basino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), said.


In order to monitor the growth of algae bloom, the researchers at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota have deployed two underwater robots in the sea. The robots will provide important information about the slow-moving bloom.

The Red Tide or Algal bloom is a phenomenon that has been occurring in the sea water for centuries. It is result of the disturbance created by few species of a type of algae called dinoflagellates. Their massive population growth result in discoloring of water, most probably in colors like red or brown. The algae bloom becomes uncontrollable and production of toxic chemicals begins. The water turns toxic and result into death of marine creatures including fish, octopus and others.

Florida has so far received several reports of death of thousands of sea creatures including fish, octopus and bull sharks.

A similar red tide bloom had caused deaths of 276 endangered Florida manatees in 2013.

The algae bloom also poses health risk to the humans, Experts say people living near the coasts or in the coastal areas may develop symptoms like coughing, wheezing and other respiratory problem. The chemical responsible for these health problems is odorless and tasteless.

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  • prestalex

    So why haven’t scientists come up with an algae-eating something or other to destroy this harmful bloom?

    • anna douglas

      So they can put chemicals in the water and then make the water even more toxic? Not a good idea

      • prestalex

        I share your feelings regarding chemicals; I was thinking more along the lines of microbes — similar to the kind that was used extensively during the Gulf oil spill, to “eat up” the oil that had pooled on the ocean’s surface.

  • Thistle Dew

    “The coastal plains of Florida are facing serious threat from a large Red Tide bloom which has not been seen for almost a decade.” and then, “A similar red tide bloom had caused deaths of 276 endangered Florida manatees in 2013.”
    If the red tide has not been seen for a decade, how did it kill manatees last year?

    • Cindy C. Strait

      The manatees died of toxic algae blooms in the Indian River Lagoon and other tributaries. They were blue green blooms instead of red tide. They think it may be due to the discharge of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee. A couple of people also died from flesh eating bacteria last year.

      • Jim s

        really maybe you need to break out a map ..the lake is on the east coast the red tide is 90 miles off the west coast do the math ..

        • Cindy C. Strait

          Really maybe you should break out a map because Lake O is in the middle of the state not the east coast. I realize the Indian River Lagoon is on the east coast and the red tide is on the west coast but Lake O send water in both directions. Why such a snide remark? I was not even talking to you. I was responding to a question about the manatee deaths by Thistle Dew. The deaths were all over the state. I forgot that I should really not look at the comments section because they tend to be filled with angry trolls like you.

        • Highonrope

          Maybe if you look at a map you will notice that Lake Erie is no where near the west coast of Florida either, yet the are red tide blooms there as well. Try not to let your ignorance show through in everything you do and you may just make something of yourself.

    • Highonrope

      I think they mean this specific bloom hasn’t been here in a out a decade. It just swirls around the gulf like it’s a big toilet bowl. It hasn’t just magically appeared, it travels around and around. It comes around cyclically. The one which killed the manatees was on the east coast of FL…I remember hearing about it in the news. I stayed away from the beach while it was there. Now we have flesh eating bacteria showing up…Yay for us!

  • Steve Svensson

    Blood tide.

  • TellMeImDreaming

    My god those climate scientist sure do go through a lot of trouble to make their hoax look real…..

    • red hill bandit

      Red tide has been occurring long long before “global warming” was propagated by control freaks. Your sarcastic comment is therefore null because it is uninformed and just wrong.

  • Jizanthapus

    Christ–time to prepare for the flood of emails I’m going to start getting from the religious nuts in my family

    • TakeNoShit


  • somejackball

    Kool-aid Man on the loose again!