Gulf algae bloom affects much of Texas Gulf Coast

Gulf algae bloom affects much of Texas Gulf Coast

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Karenia brevis is a single-cell organism belonging to a group of algae called dinoflagellates. Karenia brevis is known as the Florida red tide organism. In large numbers, it causes red tide along Florida’s coastline. Karenia brevis can be found in Gulf waters and Texas’ coastline any time of the year, but most commonly in the fall. Large concentrations of these cells, called blooms, can discolor water red to brown. Karenia brevis produces a neurotoxin that can kill fish and other marine life, make shellfish toxic for human consumption, and cause respiratory irritation in humans who breathe the aerosols released by the cells when they break open.Caption and Photo source: ©© FWC

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Historic drought conditions are fueling the largest algae bloom in more than a decade along the Texas Gulf Coast, killing fish, sparking warnings about beach conditions and making throats scratchy, researchers said…

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