Red Tide reaches the Space Coast

The toxic algae bloom now stretches from Miami-Dade to Brevard counties.

Red Tide, the toxic algal bloom that affects the Gulf Coast, can kill fish and other sea life. [Scott Keeler | Florida Beach Insider photo]
Red Tide, the toxic algal bloom that affects the Gulf Coast, can kill fish and other sea life. [Scott Keeler | Florida Beach Insider photo]

MELBOURNE BEACH — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida’s Space Coast.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Oct. 17 said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County.

The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida’s east coast.

Red ted also has been found on beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast, stretching from St. Petersburg to the Florida Keys, as well as some parts of the Florida Panhandle east of Pensacola.

The red tide began last October off southwest Florida after Hurricane Irma swept up the state. It has killed massive numbers of fish, along with scores of sea turtles and the state’s beloved manatees.

The bloom also causes respiratory irritations in people.

This article was originally published on Oct. 17, 2018.

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