Red tide found in Gulf off Alabama shore


Florida is dealing with a toxic algae problem on multiple fronts, with colorful names like “red tide” and “green slime.”

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Health says that red tide has been found in water samples taken near Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

WKRG-TV reports the department says water samples taken from Alabama Point to Little Lagoon Pass showed the presence of red tide cells in the “low to medium range.”

Officials warn people with respiratory issues or any throat, nose, or eye irritation to avoid any mist from the water.

Red tide has caused many issues for Florida’s coast over the summer, with large-scale fish kills and noxious odors taking over beaches from Miami to Pensacola Beach.

NOAA says red tide happens when colonies of algae grow out of control while producing toxic or harmful effects on animals, people and fish.

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