STATES CHRONICLE – The scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory have unveiled that a red tide will be registered along the Gulf Coast and will persist until next week. This will be a disappointment for people going to the beach in Englewood up to St. Petersburg. Thousands of fish will be killed by Karenia Brevis. But there is still a ray of hope there which predicts that some offshore winds expected this Saturday might facilitate the respiratory discomfort brought in by the red tide.
The manager of Mote’s Marine Health Program, Dr. Tracy Fanara claims that inhabitants might have an opportunity to enjoy the better weather if the wind goes offshore. She advises locals to check online for the beaches which have the lowest level of respiratory discomfort. But beach-goers can also head south or north where they can find beaches that don’t experience the effects of the red tide.
On Thursday, Lido Beach was reported to register hundreds of dead fish at the shore and also respiratory discomfort. On Anna Maria Island, at Manatee Beach, there was no information that confirmed respiratory impairments or dead fish. Authorities advise people to also check for data that comes from The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
These red tides which were recently registered, and are still coming, are the necessary signs which prove Hurricane Matthew will soon hit. It is not known yet if the Gulf of Mexico will be affected. The National Hurricane Center’s measurements show that this hurricane is currently situated East of Florida, though this forecast can be mistaken. Representatives from this hurricane center admit that their system can deviate to the West, bringing possible errors.
Last year, a red tide affected the Gulf Coast starting from May up to November. Fanara claims that on September 19 the levels of her radar were very low and now, just one week apart, some of the levels increased to medium or even high. She says that the red tide will last for a while because she never experienced a major drop in the levels. The scientists bring up ways in which people get affected by the red tide.
Fanara argues that some may experience a nose discomfort or a rash on their throat. Other locals might have watery eyes, and some might not experience anything at all. Experts advise us to avoid going to the beach when algae bloom.
What do you think scientists could do to find out more about these red tides before they hit?
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