Gathering of the Clan

A Gathering of Fly Fishermen
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:25 pm 
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Just got back from Sanibel Island. The red tide was awful there, dead fish everywhere. Here's the strange thing... not a scavenger in sight, no seagulls, buzzards or even crows. The question is why, when they'll normally eat week old roadkill armadillo out of the highway crevices. And it's not like they couldn't smell it...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:04 pm 
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Well, Mr. R, the daughter - who is a budding wildlife biologist - says there is a distinct smell to the rotting algae. The toxin remains in the flesh of the affected animals. There is a very good possibility the scavengers know this and refrain from killing themselves due to the wonderful smell you experienced.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:56 pm 
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So basically, I'm dumber than a vulture for being out there, coughing, watery eyes, snot rockets.... I guess my 7th graders have been right all along... :lol:

I did get some nice seashells....


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:11 am 
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FYI
http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/faq/


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