Sunday, October 21, 2012

Update on the Red Tide Algae Bloom

The shell trees are doing just fine on Stump Pass.

On Friday afternoon I walked the mile out to the end of Stump Pass to see about the red tide.  It was a beautiful beach day but looks can be deceiving.  I was coughing the red tide hacking cough that tickles the back of your throat. Although there were no new fish washed up on the shore, the wrack line is filled with sun-dried fish of all sorts and sizes.  I also saw a few dead seagulls on the sand.  The highest onshore concentrations of the red tide are at Blind Pass Beach (not Sanibel) on Manasota Key. That's about 3 miles north up the coast from Stump Pass. The clean-up looks good but it ain't over yet.

 For the most current info go to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

Manasota Key is at the southern most boundry of Sarasota County.

In between coughing, I did manage to pick up a few goodies.  Lots of sharks teeth out there.

Oh how I love surprises!! A new friend of mine read the post on Dr. Gary Greenberg & his amazing photography of magnified beach sand.  She found a copy online for me.  Shell Sistahs are the best friends evah!  Thank you Jenny!


  1. Beautiful beach photo! I also like all the different shells you found. While you are enjoying the beach, we had our first snowfall on the mountains today. It seemed in snowed in many parts of the country today and in parts of Europe. As for us, it seems a little early for the snow though I could be wrong (we didn't get any in the city, just in the mountains).

  2. Oh dear, that Red Tide does sound bad, particularly if it makes you cough so badly. Glad there were no new fish kills, and that you were rewarded with some new shells!

  3. Lots of shark teeth indeed. I imagine red tide is natures way of keeping the balance but I sure do hate hearing about all the dead things upon the beach.

  4. Lots of great finds, and those scallops are gorgeous! Hope the red tide is over and hasn't drifted up to my beach by the time I take another trip to the coast. Sorry it's at your beach :(

  5. sorry to hear about the red tide! doesn't sound good.

  6. That red tide is nasty stuff. Do they think it's dissipating tho? What a nice gift to receive. I'm curious how you like it. Looks good! Love your little mermaid too.

  7. Loved the first photo! Nice finds. Red tide sucks.

  8. Really, the red tide has hung out for a long time!!! FYI~~Carrie G. called I have her update :(


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