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Florida red tide deadliest in decades

Red tide kills thousands of marine animals, hospitalizes 15 people.

The tide has sent 15 people sent to ER and killed thousands of marine animals.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 5:07 PM

Coastal counties in Florida are now providing dumpsters to clean up the carnage left behind from a toxic red tide outbreak.

Thousands of dead fish are washing up on Florida's eastern gulf shores. Also dead are nearly 100 turtles -- as well as birds -- manatees -- and a whale shark. This is the deadliest red tide Florida has seen in decades. The state has been documenting them since the 1800's.

But marine animals are not alone, as 15 people have also been sent to the emergency room because of the tide. Red tide can even make humans sick and cause nearby beachgoers to cough and have skin irritation.

The tide is even affecting local businesses, especially boat tours. WFTS in Tampa reports some have temporarily closed down, while others have told workers to stay home because no one is booking tours.

Currently, the tide is along the southeast of Florida, but experts believe it could spread north depending on the wind and weather conditions. There's still no telling how long it will last, but the tide's effects usually weaken near the winter months.

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