Red tide is the name given to the blooms of a species of microorganisms that have a distinct red colour.
Florida's southwest waterways are now under assault by two different combatants: A red tide bloom from the Gulf of Mexico and a separate toxic algae bloom, which many believe is linked to discharge from Lake Okeechobee.
She began treating poisoned birds as early as October.
FWC officials also want to quickly remove the bodies of dead marine life because their decomposition only works to fuel an already relentless red tide bloom. The bloom can grow or dissipate based on nutrients in the water, as well as the speed and direction of water currents and wind speeds.
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"This is horrific what we're enduring now, but it needs to be a wake-up call to people that clean water is important to more than just wildlife", Sanibel's Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife veterinarian Heather Barron told the Miami Herald.
The newspaper, calling the algae outbreak a "crisis", says the suspected cause of death is red tide poisoning.
All we do know is that marine life is dying, and there are two different types of algae.
According to United States network CNN, this year's effect of the red tide on marine life has been unprecedented.
The latest red tide report from the FWC shows high concentrations along the southwest Florida coast. The dead manatee was towed away Tuesday.
Kills can occur at thresholds of at least 10,000 cells per liter. It comes from the ocean and can cause breathing problems, teary eyes, scratchy throats and make it unbearable to be at the beach.
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