Florida declares ‘state of emergency’ after toxic red tide causing respiratory problems
A state of emergency has been declared in Florida, as the red tide, or a toxic bloom of algae in the ocean that negatively impacts life in the sea has spread veraciously throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
The red tide is an event that naturally occurs in places all over the world, from the “3rd Coast” of the Gulf of Mexico to Asia. However, it is made much worse by fertilizer pollution from farms, sewage, and perhaps even a few factors that people would rather not mention.
For whatever reason, the red tide this year is much worse than most years, longer lasting and bigger. However, it doesn’t look all that red.
Here’s the problem: people living in the area are experiencing breathing problems from the toxic bloom of algae in the sea, and tourists are being driven away, “affecting income for local businesses and killing countless fish and marine life,” as one article puts it. It’s so odd that people are experiencing breathing problems, some theorize that another factor is at play.
In seven counties, a state of emergency has been declared in an area stretching from the Everglades north to Tampa Bay. $1.5 million in emergency funding was promised by Florida governor Rick Scott.
From what are believed to be vapors emanating from the red tide, Florida residents have started reporting respiratory problems, and breathing is becoming exceedingly difficult for people living in the affected area.
In addition, enormous amounts of fish and other sea creatures began washing up on the shore, supposedly due to the lethally high concentrations of red algae. Dead fish create a terrible odor as well, and that may genuinely put toxins into the air.
A scientist with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Dr Richard Bartleson said:
“There’s no fish left. Red tide killed them all. All of our concentrations of red tide are still high and would still kill fish if they were out there.”
On July 30 and 31, Our Children’s Earth Foundation videographer Ivy Yin visited the sites where red tide hit Florida beaches, managing to capture footage of an endangered loggerhead turtle that had passed away in Captiva. A manatee floating in the water above Cape Coral was sadly captured on film, along with thousands of fish who had passed away.
“This Red Tide Event has been prolonged by human activities such as farming, development and manufacturing.
Over the past number of years, the build up of chemicals such as phosphorus and nitrogen, among other elements typically found in fertilizer have provided the perfect nutrients to worsen the bloom,” Bartleson continued.
Unfortunately this red tide is occurring at a fairly unusual time, and is coinciding with the peak period of sea turtle reproduction. According to the head of the Center for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife veterinarian Heather Barron:
“Normally red tide season is over in April. But now sea turtle nesting is at its peak, and you have adults in nearshore waters. And because of that they’re being effected.”
The Red Tide was described by one article:
“Though red tides are a natural occurrence, they have been seemingly increasing in length and severity since the 1950s and 1960s. Scientists are trying to understand why this is, especially around Florida’s gulf coast.”
Other theories are circulating about how such a toxic, respiratory problem-inducing algae bloom could occur. In any situation like this it would be wise to question the official narrative.