We had originally scheduled a beach trip for the 9th grade to conduct ecology research. Unfortunately we had to postpose due to Red tide symptoms being reported by beach goers.
Red tide is a harmful algal bloom, referred to as HAB. The species of microorganism known as Karenia brevis, is a dinoflagellate that produces a toxin that, when present in high quantities, can have devastating effects on the marine fish and mammals as can cause respiratory symptoms in humans. When airborne, the toxic that is produced can cause bronchial constriction, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
Harmful algal bloom is associated with warm ocean surface temperatures, high nutrients, and low salinity and is more common in the summer months.
It is important to note that there are many algal microorganisms within the marine waters that are very beneficial to marine life supporting the base of the food chain. However, this particular species produces a toxin that has adverse effects in the ecosystem,
Picture of the beach north of us per Daniella Russo.