Red Tide

There is danger down below

In the Gulf of Mexico

Southwest Florida’s coast

Today looks like its toast

There’s a commotion

In the ocean

The algae bloom

Is causing doom

Toxins are in the air

And can easily scare

The Red Tide

Cannot be denied

The event is not novel

But it’s certainly awful

Karenia Brevis as it is called

Has left us appalled

Causing humans to cough

A sign to keep off

Dead mammals and fish galore

Line up on our shore

The smell is nauseating

The result devastating

This is nothing new

Just another preview

Of nature doing its thing

Another gift she did bring

Although not manmade

It can still pervade

The planet is crying

Letting us know it’s dying

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

Although it doesn’t always make the national news, Red Tide, doesn’t happen too often, but is very real to us in SW Florida. The loss of our sea life is so sad to witness.  Beautiful Manatees, Dolphins, Loggerheads and all kinds of fish washed up on the shore is heartbreaking. Tourism is also a large part of our economy and it can have devastating effects on businesses and visitors alike.  As if hurricanes weren’t enough!  If you would like to know more about Red Tide check out these links below:

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  7 comments for “Red Tide

  1. August 3, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    How awful. Is it due to high ocean temperatures?

    • Christine Bolton
      August 3, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      No it’s been around since before the Indians. It’s a natural phenomena but once ashore it can mingle with man made stuff and then who knows.

  2. August 3, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    So sad… 🙁

  3. paeansunplugged
    August 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Truly heartbreaking.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks for reading. I need a pick me up today 😊

  4. August 3, 2018 at 10:58 am

    It has made the news here in Northern California. It’s awful and heartbreaking for the wildlife.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 3, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Even though it’s not man made I read that once Red Tide reaches the shore and mingles with stuff we ‘create’ it can affect us. It is tough to breathe if you actually go to the beach to look at the devastation. 😢. Feels like your lungs will give out.

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