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Red Tide bloom sits off coast of Pinellas County

 
Posted August 14th, 2014 @ 6:01am

(The video above was not released with the following information. The video does provide some insight on Red Tide in general.)

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – The red tide bloom remains offshore of Florida’s Gulf Coast with no impacts alongshore, according to scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Mote Marine Laboratory and the University of South Florida (USF) who continue to monitor the bloom.

According to the last clear satellite images, on Aug. 8, the bloom was reported to be patchy, up to 60 miles wide and 90 miles long, and at least 20 miles offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties, officials said. 

The next update, including coastal water sampling results from this week, will be available on Aug. 15.

Recent forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show slow south-southeast movement of the surface bloom parallel to the coastline, and slow southeast movement of deep waters.  

Off shore, it has already killed thousands of fish. If it comes on shore, the airborne toxins can be especially irritating to people with asthma and emphysema.

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