Sharks fleeing toxic red tide take refuge in Florida canal

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Monday, August 2, 2021

Longboat Key is a few miles from the site of a breach at the abandoned Piney Point fertilizer plant in April that saw tens of millions of gallons of toxic discharge pumped into Tampa Bay. It is not known what impact the discharge might have had on the red tide outbreak. Heithaus said the distressed sharks highlighted a need for action.“Seeing these kinds of things happen just shows how out of balance things are in the ecosystem right now,” he said.

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