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Experts explain how red tide is different this year compared to 2018

Tampa Bay is experiencing red tide with sea life dying every day. Water experts explained why they believe the Tampa Bay area is experiencing red tide. Professors at the University of South Florida, like Robert Weisberg, said the red tide bloom the Tampa Bay area is seeing is because of a bloom that started in Lee County. This bloom can be traced back to December according to FWC. Due to wind and currents, the bloom traveled north up the coast into the Tampa Bay area. The bloom was first detected along our coastal beaches. It traveled into Tampa Bay because of the currents and wind. Weisberg said he believes Piney Point discharges could be fueling that same bloom and making matters worse.

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