Two days after Halloween, puzzled, disappointed tourists trolled the beached of Sanibel Island amidst piles of dead tunicates and pen shells accompanied by a smell that matched the volume of dead and dying sea life.
Lately, Louisiana residents have worried that their lunchtime oyster and shrimp poboys are torpedoing the weekly budget. After a series of calamities in recent years, Louisiana shellfish is expensive and won't become cheaper anytime soon.
As the K. brevis mats bloom and spread, they emit a potent neurotoxin that kills fish and marine mammals. The agribusiness industry and other polluters fought hard to prevent any action against its spread in Florida.
Ever hear of a "dead zone"? I don't mean the book by Stephen King. I'm referring a typically large swath of ocean that is so depleted of oxygen that most aquatic life caught in one either suffocate or escape the region.