By TAMARA LUSH
LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) - A toxic algae bloom is killing sea creatures, including more than 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of fish on one Florida beach, manatees and scores of large turtles.
Red tide has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico near the state's famed beaches. It began in October and has undulated and drifted in the water ever since.
It leaves a smell so awful that you gag with one inhale. It means empty beaches, empty roads and empty restaurants.
Stretching some 150 miles (240 kilometers), it's affecting communities from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island to the north.
In late July, a 26-foot long (8-meter-long) whale shark washed ashore on Sanibel Island, which is known for its pristine beaches.
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