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Upwards of 17 tons of fish have been cleared from Florida waters since Red Tide – a toxic algal bloom – hit Pinellas County this month.
The majority of the animals’ bodies did not make it to land on their own – county officials enlisted boats to collect the fish from the water, in order to avoid a dismal scene on shore.
The red tide has been making its way along the Florida coast for much of the summer – leaving wildlife devastation in its wake.
Additionally, a spike in manatee deaths has been linked to Red Tide.
The toxic algal bloom – which causes deadly gastrointestinal and neurological problems for sea life – is exacerbated by climate change and rising temperatures.
Scientists have suggested that continued climate change is likely to intensify the problem to the point where humans are made sick by swimming in Florida waters, marine life will continue to suffer, and eating ‘seafood’ will come with additional health risk to the consumer.