"Our winter home" Saint Petersburg by rw-bigfoot

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This is our Winter Home great weather! Well just an update things change over the years we stayed here for 5 years and our place (we rented the lot) was sold to make way for a condo. We will miss going here to our little home all we had to do was just show up and turn the water heater on and refrigerator and we were at home. I'll keep this photo up because this is part of our history in Florida.

Red Tide! Sometimes I get extreme headaches while we're in Florida , our home is right off the beach. I found this picture of red tide for Nov. 2004 and yes I had a terrible headache for 3 days! Red tides are not unusual in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the western coast of Florida. The strong smell; eye, nose, and throat irritation; and large fish kills related to the event have been documented as far back as the 1840s. Red tides are caused by tiny algae that grow on the surface of the ocean, occasionally giving it a reddish-brown tint. Concentrations of chlorophyll, showing where algae and other ocean plants are concentrated in the ocean.

In mid-November 2004, scientists began to notice an algae bloom developing in the Gulf of Mexico, and ground tests confirmed the presence of red tide. By December 8, the bloom had spread to cover 400 square miles. The photo shows chlorophyll concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico off southwestern Florida on October 30 (bottom right corner) and November 21, 2004 (left), as well as chlorophyll fluorescence (upper right) on November 21. Highest concentrations of chlorophyll and highest levels of fluorescence are red; lower values are green and blue.

The red tide is clearly visible as the oval-shaped red area to the west of the shore in the November 21 image from the OrbView-2 satellite. The high chlorophyll concentrations occur between Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys, which matches the location of the bloom. Red Tides have a deadly effect on marine life. Though shellfish are unaffected, the toxin produced by the algae can collect in their flesh, making them harmful to anyone who eats them. When the plants drift close to shore, the toxins can irritate the respiratory system and cause eye, nose, and throat irritation. So far, this red tide has killed a number of fish, crabs, and a few dolphins near the Florida Keys. Here's the web site for more space pictures from Nasa Earth Observatory

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