When thinking about your day at the beach you think about soaking up the hot sun, taking a swim in the water, the nice breeze that hits your skin and all the wonderful factors going to the beach entails. Now, how disappointing would it be if you go to the beach and bathing in the ocean is off-limits?
Although not common, at times there are some reasons why the ocean may be off-limits. Whether it be more severe cases like storms or hurricanes there is one more natural “disaster” that may keep you from wanting to take a swim: red tide.
These conditions can last anywhere from a couple of days to months, depending on the wind.
Swimming in the ocean while there is a red tide contamination is not completely unsafe but you may not want to for the following reasons. The contamination in the water may cause skin irritations, and a burning eye sensation. You may also come face to face with a dead fish or two.
Fish and other vertebrates tend to die in the water while there's red tide because the toxins Karena Brevis releases attacks their central nervous system.
Though commercial seafood from local grocery stores and restaurants is safe, one should refrain from fishing during this contamination to be safe. Crabs and shrimp are safe to harvest because the toxins are not absorbed in the edible tissues of these species.
One can still enjoy the beach during red tides! Dead fish may not always be present and the severity of contamination varies. It is important to be aware that the red tide is one of Mother Nature's gifts to us and how to proceed with it. If you are planning a trip to Florida in hopes to enjoy the beach or booking any water sport activities just make sure there is no current contamination to get the most out of your experience.
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