Contaminated water plaguing Southwest Florida shores

Credits; Ralph Arwood

NAPLES, Fla. — Red tide blooms have been spotted along the Southwest Florida coast.

Photos released by Calusa Waterkeeper show a contrast in the waters of Naples and Sanibel.

According to Calusa Waterkeeper, it appears to be a combination of red tide and other phytoplankton species.

These organisms are responsible for color variation.

These images come a day after multiple calls regarding fish kills on Sanibel, Bokeelia, and Charlotte Harbor were made.

The organisms can produce toxins that may affect the central nervous system of animals. Exposure to red tide blooms can irritate the skin and cause breathing issues. According to Florida Health, blooms can last for months, depending on wind conditions.

Calusa Waterkeepers said on a post that any dead fish observed should be reported to FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.