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TAMPA BAY (Worthy News)-- A 'red tide' bloom nearly 80 miles long and 50 miles wide in the Gulf of Mexico led to a large-scale fish kill, according to a report released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Red Tide is a potentially dangerous algae that emits a toxin that paralyzes the central nervous system of fish so they cannot breathe.
Humans can become seriously ill from eating oysters and other shellfish contaminated with the red tide toxin.
"While red tides are not uncommon for this time of year", FWC Brandon Basino told Accuweather, "however, what's unique about this one is that it's the largest bloom associated with a fish kill since 2006."
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