• Front Page,  Opinion

    Why the Ocean Keeps Bleeding

    By Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief) During the summer of 2018, red waters crept up the beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. As dead sea life washed ashore and a pungent smell ran through the sea breeze, it almost seemed as if the ocean were bleeding. Indeed, Heather Barron, head veterinarian at Florida’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, said of the frightening conditions last August: “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t leave has died” (National Geographic). But why was the ocean bleeding? Perhaps you’ve heard of the culprit: red tide. Red tide is a natural phenomenon that involves the growth of microbial algae in ocean environments. Its name comes…