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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