PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Red tide has officially appeared along Panama City Beach.
State health officials said tests show a red tide in the water at public beach access number 43 on Front Beach Road.
Red tide is an algal bloom that depletes oxygen levels in the water, thrives in warm water, and generally subsides as cold weather cools the water temperature.
It kills fish and other marine life and can also create conditions that irritate the eyes, nose and throat of swimmers.
Some, but not all, beachgoers have reported issues.
“Coming from South Florida before I’ve seen it once or twice, I have a little experience with it. Nothing major, no dead fish. When you went out this morning, nothing was wrong,” said tourist Archie Cryer. “I’m not sure what was reported, but it was pretty awesome.”
“Just like an itchy burning sensation here [in the throat], to cough. All day today and two weeks ago I started feeling it in my throat and lungs,” noted local resident Greg Killian.
If you feel any discomfort, move away from the water and keep your children and pets away.