Indian River Lagoon

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Growing up in one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America impacted my perception on nature from my first thought until now as a young adult. If you are from the south most people get a glimpse of how pretty Florida is but unless you fish, very few people get to check out the Indian River Lagoon. This massive body of water stretches whopping 156 miles and surprisingly takes up over 30% of Florida’s east coast. Here the Atlantic collides with fresh water and creates an epic battling ground for fisherman and a lovely home for more than 2000 animal species (SJWM). I fortunately have had access to this wonderful estuary thanks to my grandparents. They moved into the developing town of satellite beach early on and bought property…show more content…
The lagoon was home to world class fishing. People would fly in to orlando from all over the world to compete in tournaments and to be guided to catch redfish. Unfortunately most of these guides have lost their jobs due to the repeated red tide outbreaks destroying the sea grass and killing these beautiful fish. The thing is when the sea grass dies, the bottom gets loose and kicks up silt much faster. So when the sea grass is gone, so is the water clarity. In some of the rural parts of the north side of the lagoon, fishing guides were a large part of the small town's economy. I have several friends who have invested their lives into this profession and it’s heartbreaking to see the ecology and their dreams destroyed in front of…show more content…
Not only does the environment get wrecked but this algae has caused human death before (CRISPS). Off the northern coast of Sabah in East malaysia, 7 people died among 202 affected by Paralytic shellfish poisoning. This is due to red tide producing a class of neurotoxins called brevetoxins. These toxins not only get into our food supply but they become aerosolized by the surf and winds. When breathed in or ingested they are known to cause dizziness, numbness, vomiting, and even partial paralysis. Since this is still a relatively knew problem in the medical community, long term effects are still unknown. Among the neurotoxic effects, red tide can bring respiratory problems as I mentioned earlier. Getting up early to surf before school was a normal thing for me even when red tide was in full effect. I would come into school with bloodshot watery eyes, my skin and lungs burning only after an hour in the surf. The effects really sneak up on you if you don’t understand it is
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