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Red Tide, Sea Turtles and Ways You Can Help

We know that you’ve seen the pictures of dead fish, manatee’s and birds wash up on shore.

Researchers say loggerhead sea turtles are now dying at a faster rate. Sixty loggerhead turtles have died since November 2017 because of red tide.

Ride tide is, of course, a natural occurrence, that normally takes place from November to April. But there are ways you can help, just by using your phone.

A new app, CSIC, was by MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is designed for anyone to spot red tide, from watercolors, algae blooms etc. All to help scientist get a leg up on research.

Researchers say although red tide is something we can’t avoid, there is a reason it’s sticking around longer than usual. It’s us.

“Chief among those is that a lot of the agricultural waste products that are coming from Lake Okeechobee and down the Caloosahatchee River and dumping right here in this area is certainly encouraging the growth of this harmful algae bloom,” said Dr. Heather Barron, with CROW Medical and Research.

Reporting by Terrace Myles