Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Red Tide


As soon as Larry moved in with Betty, he joined the turtle patrol. She lived on the beach as a child. It’s no surprise she bought a beach house.

Larry was a conservationist all his life. He walked the beach to stay healthy while ensuring the safety of the turtles. Watching the hatchling emerge and make their way to shore was environmentally impactful. 

Recently, the red tide was getting worse. The smell of dead fish washing ashore could be seen from their porch. An overabundance of algae, some said. No one knew for sure, all speculation. 

Upside, fewer tourists visiting.

2020©Isadora DeLaVega

Word Count: 100

Genre: Flash Fiction

Photo Prompt:©Sandra Crook

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*****Red tide is a common name for algal blooms, which are large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms, such as protozoans and unicellular algae (e.g. dinoflagellates and diatoms). The upwelling of nutrients from the seafloor, often following massive storms, provides for the algae and triggers bloom events. Harmful algal blooms can occur worldwide, and natural cycles can vary regionally.

The growth and persistence of an algal bloom depends on wind direction and strength, temperature, nutrients, and salinity. Red tide species can be found in oceans, bays, and estuaries, but they cannot thrive in freshwater environments.©wikipedia

A short video for the impact Red Tide has on beaches ….

The scenic drive to my beach … In 2019, Red Tide had cleared.

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Red Tide

  1. How terrible. Mother Nature can be so odd. I enjoyed the story though.

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  2. If it was caused by humans then that’s a lot more worrying. But as it is happening naturally then nature will find a way to balance it. More hard luck for the town in these tough times 😦

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    • There are some thoughts that the fertilizers used on laws is adding to the natural issues involved by nature. Some people have to have really, really, green lawns. UGH !!!
      Let’s hope they get the message when they see how the beaches look. Thank you for commenting. Have a great day … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎


  3. Poor fishies and I worry for the baby turtles in that mess.

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    • Turtle season is way before red tide. The home owners on the beach cannot have lights of any kind on during nesting months. The hatchlings get disoriented when they see the lights as they’re racing towards the water. The turtle patrol ensures the nests haven’t been disturbed while counting the amount of eggs. They let homeowners know its turtle nesting season and time to shut patio lights off. Nature is fascinating.

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  4. Such an interesting story, Isadora. We used to see red algae in certain areas of Fiji when scuba diving. The algae was not good news for the coral reefs.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed this info,Susan. It happens on and off but when it appears the sight of the dead fish is disturbing. There’s something that happens to the air that causes throat irritation and difficulty breathing. Lets bc hope scientists can figure it out. Thanks for reading. I appreciate the info on Fiji. Have a great day …. Be Safe … Isadora😎


  5. tourists keep the local economy going. still, nature needs time to recuperate.

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  6. Nature has a way of resetting the balance; although this is a drastic step to deter tourists. (The natural balance does not always mean the best for humans).

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    • Yes, nature has been resetting and balancing long before we came along. Let’s hope we discontinue having this red tide. The breathing issues makes it unbearable to visit the beach. It’s been a good year (2020) but covid snuck in somehow.Thank you, James, for your insightful comment. Isadora😎

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  8. Red tide… we had something similar happen in our creek and lake where I grew up, only we didn’t call it that. We called it “turned”. The creek and lake would look and smell horrible for about two weeks, then the water would clear and the normal water smell would be back. During those two weeks, no one swam, boated, or fished… not that you’d want to with the smell and the floatsom of algae on top of the water. Happened every year, early spring…sometimes again late summer if the rain was right. An interesting phenom it is. Did some sampling and testing back in High School to see the microbes and such. Kinda scary now that I think back to the lack of precautions we took.

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    • I believe it’s something nature creates in different places to different degrees. I’ve been in Florida for 30 years. Last years red tide was the worst but this year has been better. Then … COVID … no people so maybe, it’s better because of that. Unfortunately, my town relies on tourist for a season of 6 months. Restaurants are closing due to lack of travelers. Fingers crossed they can come back eventually. Thanks for your informative comment, Bear. Ia appreciate your visiting. Have a wonderful weekend … Be Safe … Isadora😎

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  9. Interesting story, Isadora.

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  10. I live close to a lake which has become algae infected and there are signs warning us to keep well clear and under no circumstances come into contact with the water. It hasn’t deterred the tourists though which is good right now – our town need their business!

    Here’s mine!

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  11. Querida Isadora,

    Fewer tourists…that’s one way to look on the bright side. Es un situación muy triste. Bien escrito.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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  12. Fewer tourists is not a bad thing, hopefully it gives nature a chance to heal.

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  13. Fewer tourists? Sounds like not a bad trade

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  14. In Australia the Red Tides are Trichodesmium a genus of filamentous cyanobacteria and can look like red sawdust on the water

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  15. A sad state of affairs, to be sure…

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    • It’s been cleaned up but the environment will let us know for sure. It’s brutal on your lungs. It’s diffficult to breathe. Fortunately, we haven’t had it this year but we had COVID … Mmmmm … there’s a choice to ponder.
      Thanks, Dale. I appreciate your words and visit. Have a great day … Be Safe
      Isadora 😎

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