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Wildlife advocate 'astounded' by effects of red tide on fish

Posted: 11:03 AM, Aug 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-23 15:03:43Z

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The head of one of the U.S.'s largest environmental nonprofits says he was stunned when he took a boat ride to survey the effects of red tide in the Gulf of Mexico.
  
Collin O'Mara, the president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, went out Wednesday with a charter boat captain into waters off the Southwest Florida coast. He says he was "astounded' by the thousands and thousands of dead fish, eels and horseshoe crabs. He also saw the carcasses of six-foot-long (2-meter) Goliath grouper fish.

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