It’s been all over the news; no doubt you’ve seen it: Dead fish, manatees, and even dolphins in record numbers up and down the west coast of Florida. Windrows of decomposing sea life clog beaches and harbors, preventing swimming, sport fishing, and all the joys we expect from the Sun Coast.
The culprits are algal blooms, a vast red tide off the coast meeting a dense blue-green mass in the canals, rivers, and estuaries. These infestations are both quite poisonous to most sea life; either one would have caused some die-off, but together they’ve proven deadly in the extreme. (more…)