The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has confirmed the presence of red tide along the gulf coast along the Pinellas beaches. Here’s what we know:
First, red tide, also known as Karenia Brevis, is a microscopic alga that occurs naturally. According to floridahealth.gov, the toxins given off by red tide affects animals including birds, fish and mammals. The blooms may turn the color of the water to a reddish, green or brown hue. The Tampa Bay area is often affected by red tide when weather conditions become warm.