Red tide creates fishy situation on Sanibel shores

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SANIBEL, Fla. – Tourists were still on Southwest Florida beaches Thursday as red tide ushered in dead fish to some shores.

High levels of red tide were found in 24 water samples collected in Lee County, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife.

The situation may intensify, said Bruce Neil of the Sanibel Sea School.

“It’s unfortunate we have a simultaneous occurrence of red tide and a lot of nutrient latent water. So potentially it has a chance of being an intense bloom, but we will have to wait and see,” Neil said.

The smell of decaying fish at the pier, Lighthouse and beach in Sanibel was undeniable, but some people were still on the beach Thursday afternoon.

“I don’t consider them to be a problem at all,” one visitor said.

Red tide can cause throat irritation for people on affected beaches.

The Sanibel-Captive Conservation will take additional tests of the waters on Sanibel beaches Thursday night.

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