Originally published by TODAY on March 10, 2023.

Spring breakers are flocking to Florida in hopes of enjoying clear water and white sand beaches, but many are instead discovering red tide during their vacations.

The micro-organism that causes red tide has impacted areas from Tampa to Naples this year, turning waters red and killing marine life.

Red tide has visited Florida repeatedly in recent years, and since it returned in 2023, dead fish have washed up on Florida’s beaches and officials are warning of possible respiratory impacts from contaminated water and air.

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