Dead fish wash ashore in the Sanibel causeway after dying in a red tide on August 1, 2018 in Sanibel, Florida. Red tide season usually lasts from October to around February, but the current red tide has stayed along the coast for around 10 months, killing massive amounts of fish as well as sea turtles, manatees and a whale shark swimming in the area.
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Red tide reaches Space Coast: 9 facts about red tide

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County.

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Here are nine facts about red tide:

1. Red tide has made its way to Brevard County.

2. Karenia brevis is the algae species that causes red tide.

3. High concentrations of Karenia brevis have been detected at Satellite Beach's Pelican Beach Park and in medium concentrations near Melbourne Beach.

4. So far, the algae hasn't yet made its way to Cocoa Beach or Volusia and Flagler counties.

5. At high concentrations, red tide can discolor water, causing it to appear red or brown. Other algae blooms can make the water appear green or purple.

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6. Some could experience skin irritation or burning eyes from the algae bloom.

7. Those with respiratory illnesses might experience a flare-up and some irritation.

8. Beachgoers are advised to avoid swimming in areas  where fish kills have been reported because the dead fish can generate harmful bacteria

9. Red tides can last from several weeks to more than a year.

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