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Red tide diving 8-22-21

butchbalbutchbal Posts: 516 Officer
I went diving Sunday in 50 and 60 foot depths WNW out of Homosassa. We encountered a 20 to 30 foot layer of red tide stained water at or near the top of the water column on every dive. The water was the color of weak coffee. As we descended we found the the visibility improved near the bottom but the top layer blocked so much light that it made it difficult see well enough to spearfish. There was no smell or dead fish at any of our dive sites. There was an abundance of fish of all kinds, especially large mangroves. We managed a few hog fish and all the mangos we wanted but the gags were very skittish and difficult to stalk in the dark conditions and we only managed 1 gag. As we headed back in we noticed that the water returned to it's normal color at about 45'. 

The last time I saw this was right before the red tide fish kill about 8 years ago that devastated this same area. I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop. 


  • xmuskyguidexmuskyguide Posts: 1,981 Captain
    Thanks for the report. I hope that somehow the area will be spared but it seems inevitable. Mangos and hogfish are delicious!
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,939 Moderator
    Hope it's just a plume of tannin stain water. I've seen this same thing in Steinhatchee before. Couldn't see bottom in 9' but was really clear on bottom.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • Salty Dawg44Salty Dawg44 Posts: 1,406 Officer
    Thanks, Butch.


    I may not always agree with what you say,
    but I will always respect your right to be wrong!
  • tankeredtankered Posts: 1,754 Captain
    Hope it's just a plume of tannin stain water. I've seen this same thing in Steinhatchee before. Couldn't see bottom in 9' but was really clear on bottom.

    With all the recent rains I hope and think you're right.

    Fingers crossed.
  • SlackerSlacker Posts: 1,824 Captain
    the report I heard said the floating fish carcasses were from 25 to 45 ft

    no telling where the death occurred since it was right after the storm

    they said their eyes were burning from the gas
  • permit_mepermit_me Posts: 1,201 Officer
    Sounds like you came across a patch of it. I recall reading that the red tide moves down in the water water column as the day goes on. Moves back up at night, repeat cycle...
    Its been patchy inshore and offshore of hernando and up to Chaz offshore, last week. The offshore fishkills are slowly moving north, as it has been for three months now. 

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