SANIBEL ISLAND, FL -Beachgoers be advised: A red tide is looming in the Gulf of Mexico.Marine biologists tell us the bloom extends some 40 miles from southern Collier County up to Lee County.Water samples taken by Florida Gulf Coast University and the Sanibel Sea School all show moderate to high levels of the red tide bloom, which was located about 25 miles offshore.Wednesday morning, many dead fish that had washed ashore on Sanibel Island overnight began to bake under the sun and stink.In that high concentration, the red tide has the ability to kill all different types of marine life. That's why Rich Bartleson, with the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, says he isn't just worried about fish."Not only are fish being affected, but we see sea life like turtles, manatees," he said.And he says just because you don't see them on the shore, doesn't mean they're not nearby."The dead fish may be blown out to sea if they're dying. So they may not have floated up yet," Bartleson said.
Several tourists walking the beach said they had to leave the area because the air was irritating their throats."You can tell something's not normal," said Sanibel visitor Louise Mashburn. "We've seen its ebb and flow. There's red tide then there's not."The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was expected to release more information about the bloom Wednesday afternoon.According to our partners at the Naples Daily News, the Collier County Pollution Control and Prevention Department said this is the first significant bloom that's impacted the county since 2006.Revelation 8:8And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of thesea became blood;HOSEA 4:11 Hear the word of the LORD,
You children of Israel,
For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land:
“ There is no truth or mercy
Or knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing and lying,
Killing and stealing and committing adultery,
They break all restraint,
With bloodshed upon bloodshed.
3 Therefore the land will mourn;
And everyone who dwells there will waste away
With the beasts of the field
And the birds of the air;
Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.
4 “ Now let no man contend, or rebuke another;
For your people are like those who contend with the priest.
5 Therefore you shall stumble in the day;
The prophet also shall stumble with you in the night;
And I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
7 “ The more they increased,
The more they sinned against Me;
I will change[a] their glory[b] into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of My people;
They set their heart on their iniquity.
9 And it shall be: like people, like priest.
So I will punish them for their ways,
And reward them for their deeds.
10 For they shall eat, but not have enough;
They shall commit harlotry, but not increase;
Because they have ceased obeying the LORD.