BEACHES

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY -

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.

Source: Flor­ida

Fish and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion

James Wooldridge / Daily News

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.

Meghan Mc­Carthy / Daily News

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.

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