Red tide reaches Space Coast: 9 facts about red tide

ORLANDO, Fla. — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County.

Read: Test results confirm red tide found in Brevard County

Here are nine facts about red tide:

1. Red tide has made its way to Brevard County.

2. Karenia brevis is the algae species that causes red tide.

3. High concentrations of Karenia brevis have been detected at Satellite Beach's Pelican Beach Park and in medium concentrations near Melbourne Beach.

4. So far, the algae hasn't yet made its way to Cocoa Beach or Volusia and Flagler counties.

5. At high concentrations, red tide can discolor water, causing it to appear red or brown. Other algae blooms can make the water appear green or purple.

6. Some could experience skin irritation or burning eyes from the algae bloom.

7. Those with respiratory illnesses might experience a flare-up and some irritation.

8. Beachgoers are advised to avoid swimming in areas where fish kills have been reported, because the dead fish can generate harmful bacteria.

9. Red tides can last from several weeks to more than a year.

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