ST. PETE BEACH (FOX 13) - Dead fish and foul smells litter beaches from Lee up to Pinellas county as a large bloom of Karenia brevis - the algae known as red tide - takes hold in the area.
Testing of beach water revealed high levels of the algae, which can also cause respiratory problems in humans - sometimes severe.
As of Friday, fish kills affecting multiple species, as well as respiratory irritation, have been reported at locations along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. Making matters worse, forecasts show little or no movement in offshore surface waters in the coming days.
In addition to red tide, warnings of bacteria in the water at beaches in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Sarasota counties were issued Thursday.
To view tables and maps of water test results, visit MyFWC.com/RedTideStatus.
Beaches where warnings or no swim advisories are likely to stay posted throughout the weekend - for red tide and/or bacteria - include:
Ben T. Davis Beach
E.G. Simmons Park Beach
Anna Maria Island
Longboat Key Beach
New Pass Dock