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Red Tide Causes Huge Fish Kill Off Florida Coast, Moving North

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October 13, 2011

Red Tide Causes Huge Fish Kill Off Florida Coast, Moving North

By Chad Love

A red tide off the Florida coast is killing hundreds of fish as it moves up the coastline toward Sarasota, Florida.

From this story in the Miami Herald:

A red tide that formed off the southwest Florida coastline is creeping toward Sarasota. State wildlife officials say they noticed a large fish kill on Tuesday near Sanibel Island. So far, wind conditions and currents have kept the dead fish off the area's beaches. But officials say that could change in the next few days.

Wildlife officials told the Sarasota Herald Tribune ( http://bit.ly/oaSa1E) the fish kill is about four miles offshore and could contain hundreds of fish. They say the fish were likely killed by the red tide. Officials say red tide is caused by Karenia brevis algae, which produce dangerous toxins that get into the water and air. In addition to killing fish, it can also cause respiratory in people as winds blow the toxins toward the shore.

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

And this is an 'official' government statement? Well ok then. I'll buy that. Boy there for a moment, I thought that this sure looked a lot like remnants from the BP oil spill and similar cause/effects what with fish kill and people suffering from 'respiratory!' (is that a word?) At any rate, the government tells us 200 million bbls of oil has 'disappeared' and we're all gonna be just fine. Thank goodness we have a government that truly looks out for the well being of our people, wildlife and environment! What would we do without them?!

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I tend to agree. But hey. If you can't trust your government to look out for the best interests of its people and our collective natural resources, who can you trust? Wink wink. Maybe we're all over-reacting. I'm sure everybody's made a full recovery and in fact, in the middle of an economic boom since BP. Maybe China will lend us some yuan for the next impending cleanup. C'Mon! We're good for it....

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from ec_nick wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I agree i dont think i would know my @$$ from a ham sandwich if Obama wasnt the president thank god we have him and all of his extremely smart and trusted advisors

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Well, ham sandwiches shouldn't be stinky. Just sayin'...lol

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from shane wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

That actually looks pretty red tide to me, but it's good to see that we haven't forgotten about that spill and the oil that didn't magically disappear like they would have us think.

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from Derek Plato wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I live in the affected area of the BP spill and ill tell you that it wont be forgotten for a long time. BP is so cheap they would change locations of their Claim Centers just so that they can say they lost all your paperwork and if you want to still collect your money you will have to resubmit all your claim paper and information. Still today not everyone has received their fair claim from BP

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Amazing that thousands of businesses both commercial and family owned, some that go back generations, miles upon miles of of natural habitat, and the hopes and dreams of millions were consumed by one of the worst man-made disasters in recorded history. Yet all reduced to a sound bite or at best a political jab to ring up support around election time. It's truly one of the biggest tragedies of modern times. But I guess the media has found more pressing issues to cover like the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, or exactly what a "Snookie" is.

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from M_Rothwell wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

And this is an 'official' government statement? Well ok then. I'll buy that. Boy there for a moment, I thought that this sure looked a lot like remnants from the BP oil spill and similar cause/effects what with fish kill and people suffering from 'respiratory!' (is that a word?) At any rate, the government tells us 200 million bbls of oil has 'disappeared' and we're all gonna be just fine. Thank goodness we have a government that truly looks out for the well being of our people, wildlife and environment! What would we do without them?!

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I tend to agree. But hey. If you can't trust your government to look out for the best interests of its people and our collective natural resources, who can you trust? Wink wink. Maybe we're all over-reacting. I'm sure everybody's made a full recovery and in fact, in the middle of an economic boom since BP. Maybe China will lend us some yuan for the next impending cleanup. C'Mon! We're good for it....

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from Derek Plato wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I live in the affected area of the BP spill and ill tell you that it wont be forgotten for a long time. BP is so cheap they would change locations of their Claim Centers just so that they can say they lost all your paperwork and if you want to still collect your money you will have to resubmit all your claim paper and information. Still today not everyone has received their fair claim from BP

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Amazing that thousands of businesses both commercial and family owned, some that go back generations, miles upon miles of of natural habitat, and the hopes and dreams of millions were consumed by one of the worst man-made disasters in recorded history. Yet all reduced to a sound bite or at best a political jab to ring up support around election time. It's truly one of the biggest tragedies of modern times. But I guess the media has found more pressing issues to cover like the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, or exactly what a "Snookie" is.

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from ec_nick wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

I agree i dont think i would know my @$$ from a ham sandwich if Obama wasnt the president thank god we have him and all of his extremely smart and trusted advisors

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Well, ham sandwiches shouldn't be stinky. Just sayin'...lol

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from shane wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

That actually looks pretty red tide to me, but it's good to see that we haven't forgotten about that spill and the oil that didn't magically disappear like they would have us think.

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