Red Tide Causes Lobster Walk Out from the Sea

This March coastal officials have been on high alert north of Lambert Bay, West Africa. The alarm was raised by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries after satellite images taken last week confirmed that the annual natural phenomenon of red tide was slowly moving ashore.  The wave of toxic red tide has seen tons of Africa’s West Coast lobsters stranded after a walkout from the sea.  Officials were moving fast to get the stranded lobsters back into the sea and avert a potential disaster, but some end up dying along the coast.  These mortalities are being identified as a direct consequence of low oxygen in the water following the decay of the red tide bloom in the near-shore waters.

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