Unprecedented red tide at Padre Island National Seashore blamed for large number of animal deaths

Unprecedented red tide at Padre Island National Seashore blamed for large number of animal deaths
Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle Updated 10:21 am, Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sea life is washing up dead on the Padre Island National Seashore after an outbreak of toxic algae known as Red Tide off the Texas coast.Photos courtesy of Padre Island National Seashore Photo: Padre Island National Seashore

Red Tide – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Houston Chronicle
Sea life is washing up dead on the Texas coast thanks to an outbreak of toxic algae in the Gulf of Mexico that is expected to harm air quality across parts of the state.
The Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi is also investigating whether a pygme sperm whale washed up dead on the beach was killed by the so-called Red Tide, named for the color of the algae that saturates the coastal water.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reported Wednesday that tree frogs and ground squirrels had also died, apparently as a result of the outbreak, which is apparently unprecedented.
Padre Island National Seashore said in a press release Wednesday evening, “Winds forecasted today through Thursday have the potential to promote high levels of respiratory irritation from Aransas Bay to the Rio Grande. Concentrations are patchy and discomfort to the eyes, nose and throat will vary based upon local bloom concentrations, ocean currents, and wind speed direction.”
Common symptoms of airborne Red Tide include coughing, sneezing, tearing, skin irritation, and difficulty breathing, among other things.