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Trip in October to Sanibel Island

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Trip in October to Sanibel Island

We are traveling to Sanibel for just two day and a night. Trying to relax from the many days in Orlando.

Could someone explain the red tide. I'm from Kansas and we are no where near a ocean.


The Bakery
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1. Re: Trip in October to Sanibel Island

red tide is a naturally occurring algae bloom that occurs on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts. Seem from the air, the high concentration of the algae have a rust, or red appearence, hence the name 'red tide'. It can occur near the coast (beach) or further out in deeper water. It kills fish and makes shellfish inedible. You can get 'fish kills' washing up in areas away from the actual location of the 'red tide'. Below is an excellent link to Gulf coast conditions. They monitor things carefully as it affects the fishing industry, breathing problems for people on shore and, of course, tourism.

Here's a much better discussion of red tide by the experts:


Current FL Gulf coast conditions can be found here:


Sanibel has been sitting on the very lower edge of the persistent problem this year.

Hope this helps.

The Bakery
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2. Re: Trip in October to Sanibel Island

Please see the Red Tide Update thread. It has reached Sanibel and is affecting Ft Myers Beach.