Scientists continue to monitor red tide north of Tampa

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GULF OF MEXICO -- Officials continue to monitor a red tide bloom in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

As we've been reporting, scientists say the area is north of Pinellas County, and data suggests a slow southeast movement.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will release their weekly findings on Friday.

Last week, satellite images show the bloom roughly the size of Connecticut -- 60 miles wide and 90 miles long -- and roughly 20 miles off shore.

Next week, Mote Marine and FWC scientists plan to collect water samples in various places along the coast.

So far, there are no sign of red tide on Suncoast beaches.

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