Red tide lingering off Captiva, Lee Co. beaches

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CAPTIVA, Fla. (AP) - Red tide has been found lingering off Captiva and Lee County beaches.

The Fort Myers News-Press reports a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation map found red tide in water quality samples, with a dense concentration about six miles off Captiva. Scientists say the bloom started about a month ago off Sarasota and has been slowly moving south.

The algae bloom is deadly for fish, marine mammals, sea turtles and other sea life. The toxins also can become airborne and cause breathing problems for people with asthma or other respiratory diseases.

Thousands of dead fish were found on the coast after last year's outbreak, forcing tourists and locals to stay away from Gulf beaches. There have been no reports of dead fish or bad air quality so far this year.

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