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Red Tide Alert at Padre Island National Seashore

  The Superintendent at the Padre Island National Seashore Mark Spier announced on Wednesday that Red Tide has been reported at the park and asked visitors to be cautious, especially those with children or with respiratory issues such as asthma, since Red Tide can irritate the respiratory system, eyes, and throat. Spier also advised that […]

 

Malaquite Beach, where the Red Tide has been spotted.
Padre Island National Seashore
Malaquite Beach, where the Red Tide has been spotted.

The Superintendent at the Padre Island National Seashore Mark Spier announced on Wednesday that Red Tide has been reported at the park and asked visitors to be cautious, especially those with children or with respiratory issues such as asthma, since Red Tide can irritate the respiratory system, eyes, and throat.

Spier also advised that those traveling with pets be cautious, particularly with dogs, since these are particularly susceptible to the algal aerosols due to their keen sense of smell. There have been cases of visitors' dogs dying after being exposed during previous Red Tide events, according to the superintendent’s press release. His recommendation is that even after the Red Tide passes, pets’ owners keep a close eye on their animals to prevent them from consuming dead fish which may prove toxic.

For more information before visiting call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8068.

 

For additional information:
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/hab/

http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/hab/beach_conditions.html

https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/environconcerns/hab/redtide/status.phtml

https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/environconcerns/hab/redtide/faq.phtml

 

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