Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an
executive order Monday declaring a state of emergency due to the ongoing impacts of red tide in seven southwestern counties.
The algae outbreak started nine months ago and has become the state's longest on record since 2006. The red tide has killed scores of marine life, including countless crabs, eels and fish, as well as
dozens of manatees, hundreds of endangered sea turtles, potentially a whale shark and 11 bottlenose dolphins.