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Florida Experiences The Worst Algae Yet: Thousands of Marine Animals Dead

Algal bloom toxins can cause vomiting and acute liver failure. Skin irritation is also a possible effect of coming in contact with blue-green algae.

Algae bloom is a rapid increase or accumulation in the population of algae in freshwater or marine water systems.

Southwest Florida has been hit with two different algal blooms, An algal bloom also called “red tide” because of the red hue of the water when infested by algae, and Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, primarily impacts freshwater areas and especially in lakes and rivers.

The color tends to stay the same.

Red tide can produce hazardous toxins, such as microcystins, a neurotoxin which destroys nerve tissue of mammals

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The cause of blue-green algae growth is directly related to pollution and fertilizer runoff.

Algal bloom toxins can cause vomiting and acute liver failure. Skin irritation is also a possible effect of coming in contact with blue-green algae.

These aggressive blooms can block out sunlight and can leave little oxygen for marine vegetation and animals. 

The algae overgrowth occurs each year but intensifies because of reason such as heat, pollution, and water stagnation

Floria experiences the worst algae outbreak

Florida experiences algae outbreak: Thousands of marine animals dead

A countless number of dead fish have washed up in the past two months, and more than 400 sea turtles have been recovered from local waters

Marine wildlife including sharks, dolphins, manatees, endangered sea turtles and a fish have washed ashore sick or dead

Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, primarily impacts freshwater areas and especially in lakes and rivers. The color tends to stay the same.

The cause of blue-green algae growth is directly related to pollution and fertilizer runoff.

Algal bloom toxins can cause vomiting and acute liver failure. Skin irritation is also a possible effect of coming in contact with blue-green algae.

These aggressive blooms can block out sunlight and can leave little oxygen for marine vegetation and animals. 

florida experiences algae outbreak

Increasing algae together with climate change, pollution, and government inaction has lead to severe consequences.

With agriculture development continuing along the coast along with inadequate regulations and pollution entering the water, Algae thrives and intensifies, reducing O2 levels.

The impact on wildlife has been high, especially in the past two months. More than 100 sea turtles have turned up on Sanibel beaches since the start of June.

The algae infestation is also said to be directly tied with the sugar industry 

NASA reported that algae covered nearly half of the lake’s 730-square-mile surface. NASA also reported that Hurricane Irma had something to do with the latest red tide. When the hurricane hit the area in September, its heavy winds took nutrients and dropped them in coastal waters. Those nutrients are huge helpers in getting algae to grow

Florida algae outbreak: Thousands of marine animals dead

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