U.S. Officials shut down beaches in Palm Beach County, Florida, after confirming red-tide algae growing off its coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said Monday that “low to medium concentrations” of red-tide samples were taken off the Palm Beach County coast on Sunday. The FWC notes that the concentrations found off the coast of Palm Beach County are lower than the high concentrations observed on the Gulf coast. “Red tide has been documented in Florida since the 1840’s and, as stated in red tide FAQ’s available on the FWC website, can be transported around the Gulf of Mexico as coastal waters move with winds and currents,” the FWC said in a statement. “Some red tides have even been carried by the Gulf Stream current into the Atlantic Ocean as far north as Delaware. Since the early 1950’s, red tide has been documented on the east coast eight times.” The red tide, also known as K.brevis, consists … [Read more...] about Florida Red Tide Map Update: Toxic Algae Spreads to Atlantic Coast, Spotted in Palm Beach County
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released a map detailing the locations where testing occurred over the weekend for red tide.The map also includes the concentrations of Karenia brevis in the samples. Water samples were taken after beachgoers complained of scratchy throats, coughing and skin irritations this past weekend. The 11 samples, taken up to 7 miles offshore, tested positive for very low-to-medium concentrations of red tide and the single-cell algae Karenia brevis that causes it. RELATED: Red tide Q&A and how it differs from blue-green algae Red tide samples taken Sept. 30. Courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission There have been 57 occurrences of red tide in the Gulf of Mexico since 1953. Eight of those events have made their way to Palm Beach County (with cell counts 100,000 cells/liter or more). All eight of those events originated in the Gulf of Mexico and were carried by currents to the east coast. Palm Beach … [Read more...] about JUST IN: Location of red tide samples and concentrations in Palm Beach County
FLORIDA — Officials in Palm Beach County reported Monday that the organism which causes most red tides in Florida has been found off the coast of Palm Beach County. RELATED: According to a news release, samples taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission showed that K. Brevis is "at least present" within the coastal waters of the county. Just how high the concentrations of the organism are in the water is still unknown. The effects of the organism are already being felt on the county's beaches. Over the weekend, beach goers complained of various respiratory issues. As a result, county beaches along the entire coast of Palm Beach County were closed. According to county officials, red tides are extremely uncommon along the state's East coast. Of the 57 documented occurrences of red tide in the Gulf of Mexico since 1953, eight have made their way to Palm Beach County's coastal waters. All of those incidences started in the gulf and made their way to the East coast … [Read more...] about Report: Samples show red tide organism present in Palm Beach County waters
The Karenia brevis algae, which causes red tide, is present in Palm Beach County’s coastal waters, according to preliminary results from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The tests of water samples taken after several people complained of respiratory issues on Saturday do not show how high of a concentration is present, but more information is expected in coming days. “It’s unusual, but it’s not unheard of for it to end up on the east coast,” said Richard Stumpf, a NOAA oceanographer who studies harmful algae blooms and their movement. “The reason it’s rare is you have to have the bloom and an east wind. It’s a combination of things that have to happen.”Red tides are naturally occurring and have been observed in the Gulf of Mexico since the 1800s. The bloom can reach the east coast if it gets caught in the Gulf of Mexico’s loop current and travels with the Florida current through the Florida … [Read more...] about BREAKING: Preliminary results show red tide present in Palm Beach County
By The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer This story originally appeared in The Palm Beach Post on July 13, 2005. By MARK SCHWEDPalm Beach Post Staff Writer One year ago, a 600-pound tiger - the pet of a former Tarzan actor - was shot and killed by wildlife officials after it escaped from its Loxahatchee compound. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 Miami Dolphins practice report: Last check-in before Patriots game 2 Palm Beach County mugshots: Arrest photos from Palm Beach County 3 What Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Friday (Patriots week) Today, Bo, Little Bo and a mysterious calico named Missy fill the hole in owner Steve Sipek's heart. For the first time in a long time, Steve Sipek - the Spanish Tarzan - isn't eaten up with rage. As if to prove it, he puts on his loincloth for a little show. He pumps his muscles, puffs out his broad chest, and stands statue-stiff beside … [Read more...] about REMEMBER when Bobo, the 600-pound tiger, escaped in Palm Beach County?