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Florida red tides do not seem to be affected by human activity. They have been observed off the Florida coast since the 1700s and usually start between 10 and 40 miles offshore.
But just because they occur naturally doesn't mean they are no big deal. K. brevis produces a toxin that attacks the central nervous systems of fish, birds, and marine mammals. Already, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that thousands of snapper, grouper, grunts, crabs, bull sharks, lionfish, sea snakes, octopus, and eel have been found dead.
The red tide can also pose a risk to humans. Waves can break up the K. brevis cells, causing them to release their toxins into the air. The airborne toxins are not deadly, but they can be especially irritating to people with asthma or emphysema. And if the winds are right, they can travel as much as a mile onshore. The toxins in the water can also cause some people to develop a skin rash.
The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea.
Is this Biblical prophecy coming true?
What does Ats have to say?
originally posted by: DaRAGE
I've read about the red tide on ATS for years every time it occurs.
It's a natural occurrence.
Get over it.
Yes it is unfortunate that it kills so many marine organisms and honestly... I can always remember that it usually starts off the coast of florida / california / those sort of waters... Natural occurrence.
originally posted by: Terminal1
Just a quick question. This red bloom... does it dssipate and become a food source later in its cycle or is it just straight up poisonous or "chocking" the fish out?
Always thought of algae blooms as a good thing so was just wondering.