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Scientists say they have some bad news. It appears the toxic Red Tide is back, at least in some of the waters on the southwest coast of Florida.

After fading away earlier this year (following a 15-month bloom), biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute say they took samples from the waters in the area off shore of Collier County. They report that they found high concentrations of the toxic algae, and they also received reports of dead fish and cases of respiratory irritation.

While red tide is a natural occurrence, its not one we enjoy. The previous 15-month bloom caused respiratory irritation in people and killed numerous sea-life.

Authorities reported that they also observed low concentrations of the red tide algae in Lee County.

To see the current map of the red tide areas click HERE.

Source: ABC News

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Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .