SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – The latest data samples taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium showed average red tide levels along Siesta Beach. Cell concentrations in the water were approximately 100,000 to 1,000,000 per litre. Meanwhile, low levels appeared at Nokomis, North Lido and North Jetty.
These moderate levels led to increased respiratory problems, as well as skin irritation for many people enjoying the beach. Jennifer Tucker, a visitor from Ohio, explained that her friend suffered from eye irritation severe enough that she came home early from her vacation.
For Tucker, the red tide was concerning – she didn’t know what the red tide is and what its dangers are. “Well, I feel like that’s something we should talk about more. Like I said, I thought that meant the tides were high, so I didn’t really understand that, but I feel like it’s something more people should be educated about if they’re going to bring their family to the beach,” she said.
You can find the latest beach and red tide conditions on our website or you can visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife website for the latest concentration levels. If you’re heading to the beach, be sure to wash up after interacting with the waters.
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