At least 800 tons of dead sea life washed up in Tampa Bay

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By Lauren Fox, AccuWeather staff writer
Updated Jul. 16, 2021 3:55 PM PDT

Hundreds of tons of dead sea life washed up along the shores of Tampa Bay due to a natural phenomenon known as a "red tide," and now local officials calling on the state government for help in cleaning up the the massive mess.

Nearly 800 tons of dead sea life were collected along the shores that consisted of fish, dolphins, sea turtles, eels and stingrays, according to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.
"You cannot go outside in east St. Petersburg without choking on the smell," Twitter user Peter Schorsch wrote.

On July 14, St. Petersburgh Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin called for state assistance in removing the dead sea life. Tomalin also asked that residents be patient with the cleanup process as workers continued to clear the waterways.

"It's pretty awful. The odor sticks to you. It stays in your nasal passages,” Kriseman said during a news conference, CL Tampa Bay reported. “Then, there's the emotional toll of just dealing with all the dead animals.”

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