Scientists Get Ready for Red Tide Outbreak

Frank Muller-Karger of the University of South Florida says there are “some interesting patches of algae out there.”

He's backed by Gary Kirkpatrick at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, who says conditions are now “fairly typical of years when red tide has happened.”

More than 100 bottlenose dolphins died from a red tide outbreak off the Panhandle last spring in Gulf and Bay Counties. There have also been some swaths of algae noted off Tampa Bay and off southwest Florida.

Most red tide outbreaks that show up off Florida's Atlantic coast begin in the Gulf of Mexico, then are carried around by the Gulf Stream.