beaches would be open, as many already were in the county. “We’re still feeling the effects, but it’s less than it was,” he said.
A forecast released Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts moderate levels of red tide irritation in Palm Beach County at least through Tuesday.
Many of the dead fish seen at Midtown Beach on Thursday were no longer there Saturday.
On Thursday, lifeguards counted more than 36 dead fish at Midtown Beach and six at Phipps Ocean Park.
“These fish have most likely been killed by the red tide event,” the town said in a news release.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has set up a fish kill hotline. Residents are asked to call the hotline at 800-636-0511 to report fish kills, diseased fish or fish with other abnormalities. A biologist will contact the caller, usually the following day, if more information is needed.
The fish should not be touched or eaten. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, cooking or freezing the fish does not destroy the red tide toxin, which cannot be seen or tasted.
The town also is warning residents that their pets can be affected by red tide. People who live near the ocean should consider keeping pets indoors of prevent respiratory irritation. Pets who eat dead fish might get sick. Dogs that swim in the red tide could lick their fur and so consume any toxins in their fur, the town said.
Symptoms typically last only as long as the exposure, so leave the area.
If you have to be there, a particle filter mask may lessen the effects.
If you live nearby and are experiencing symptoms in your home, close windows and
The shellfish in grocery stores and restaurants are safe to buy during a bloom because they are harvested from places monitored by the government for safety.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Yousef Samir walks in from Midtown Beach after taking a swim Friday, despite the noswimming flag flying from a lifeguard stand. Samir said the water didn’t bother him. The beach was still roped off in some areas due to red tide.
Red and purple warning flags fly at Midtown Beach on Saturday. The purple indicates dangerous marine life, referring to the presence of red tide irritants, and the red indicates highly hazardous conditions.