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Updated: 08/14/2014 08:00:01AM

Time to worry about red tide yet?

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SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Ryan Davis, left, and Pete Anderson came from the east coast of the state following the recent cold front in hopes of some good waves. They spent all day Friday in the water despite the presence of hundreds of dead fish due to red tide.

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If you’ve never been caught in an area infested with red tide, don’t worry — it’s not like you’re not missing out on anything. That prickly burning feeling in the throat first happened to me before Hurricane Charley in Lemon Bay. I remember it well because of the burn, but also because of the small islands of dead fish everywhere.

Yes, red tide — Karenia brevis, for you scientific types — can be nasty, and this time of year we seem to hear a lot about it. Red tide is a naturally occurring algae bloom that goes out of control. It can cause minor respiratory irritations in humans, but is a greater risk to animals. There’s a lot yet to be learned.

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