Red Tide: Florida’s Plague

I made this video last month while I was in Sarasota, a beautiful tourist destination known best for its pristine, award winning Siesta Key beach. I’ve been lucky enough to frolic in Siesta’s clear waters along southwest Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coastline just about every year of my life. Visiting Grandy and Gramps always meant major beach time, running across the vast expanse of immaculate, soft white sand and throwing ourselves into the gentle waves of the warm, gleaming blue waters.

But this year, Sarasota ands Tampa area beaches are experiencing one of the worst red tide blooms in history. While red tide is a natural occurrence, it is happening more frequently, for longer durations and with much greater intensity. Polluted runoff has triggered extensive blooms which have muddied the clear blue waters with house damage of dead, rotting fish. Hundreds of manatees, sea turtles and dolphins have also been found washed up dead, their bodies riddled with the toxins.

This video isn’t pretty, it’s reality.

About Stacey M. Hollis

Living at the edge of southern Costa Rica's rich Golfo Dulce working with non-profit Osa Birds: Research and Conservation. With a background in environmental journalism, avian field biology, bird guiding and ecotourism, my aim is to share my passion for birds and spread the word about the importance of wildlife conservation.
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5 Responses to Red Tide: Florida’s Plague

  1. So sad and difficult to watch. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. P Bouvat says:

    So what’s being done?! Massive dying off of this sea life is not acceptible.

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  4. Mitch says:

    This video is most certainly not pretty,
    but powerfully documents the devastation
    from these red tide blooms, triggered by the
    polluted run off. As of this date the red tide
    blooms are continuing this extensive
    devastation. Thank you SMH for this
    powerful well documented video

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  5. red dagger says:

    Very powerful, sobering video. Well done.

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