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Birds dying after eating fish contaminated with red tide

Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 17:47:45-04

Seabirds are starting to feel the impact from red tide. Wildlife rehab centers in Bradenton Beach and Venice report caring for more than 50 birds.

“You can tell it’s red tide because they are weak and there are no visible signs of injuries,” said Wildlife Inc. President Ed Straight.

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He is currently caring for laughing gulls and ospreys.

“They eat the dead fish and the toxins get into their system,” said Straight.

Straight fears the bird population will continue to be devastated by red tide.

“We expect to see the major results in the next week or two as the healthy fish die and the seabirds resort to eating other things,” said Straight.

Dolphins are also feeling the impact. Mote Marine reported rescuing two over the weekend.