CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Officials at the Padre Island National Seashore announced Wednesday reports of Red Tide along their beach, warning visitors to be cautious if they visit.
The Red Tide can especially affect those with children or with respiratory issues like asthma. Officials also advise that dogs are particularly susceptible to Red Tide due to their keen sense of smell. Pet owners are being advised not to bring their animals until the Red Tide passes.
According to the Padre Island National Seashore, Red Tide is a harmful algal bloom of small organisms called Karenia brevis. They produce a toxin that affects the central nervous and respiratory systems of fish, and as a result it often leads dead fish washing ashore. Officials said of 19 samples collected Tuesday, the highest concentrations of this organism was found near Mile Marker 19 at South Beach.
Please call the Malaquite Visitor Center at 361-949-8068 for more information before visiting.