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Floridas red tide has been an ongoing problem facing Floridians and Floridas wildlife for many years Red tides have been documented along Floridas gulf coast since the 1840s and probably occurred earlier Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers Platnick Floridas red tides can bring devastating effects in many ways Red tides can produce toxic algal bloom and can affect marine life as well a human life Red tides can affect the quality of life for business residents and tourist Red tides have caused the death of many of Floridas wildlife such as fish kills leading causes of death of manatees Dolphins sea turtles and even birds These tides are still highly unpredictable from the length they will stay to how we can stop them from happingRed tides are not always red They can seem greenish brownish and even purple in color Or the water may remain its normal color Florida Red Tide These red tides are also known as harmful algal bloom with an above average attentiveness of a miniature size alga plant-like organism Promoting Clean Water for Health Red tides are most common in Florida region because of a species called Karenia brevis often know as K brevis K brevis which is found almost exclusively in the Gulf of Mexico region the specie then moves with ocean currents toward the shores of Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute The blooms are most likely to occur from August through November but data shows throughout the history of red tides at least one has bloomed in every month of the year Florida Red Tide and Their Toxins The Florida red tide organism K brevis then produces brevetoxins which is polyether ladder neuro- toxins that bind to voltage-sensitive sodium channels an important protein structure of cell membranes Binding results in persistent activation of neuronal cells skeletal muscle cells and cardiac cells Brevetoxins can affect the central nervous system of
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