This is a terrible story and as I read it I seemed to remember hearing about a movie based on this phenomenon. Sure, everyone knows CRIMSON TIDE but I was sure there was another one and I found it – RED TIDE was a 2011 movie that I’ve got to try to find on Netflix. The plot summary from IMDB is:
Red tide a toxic algae bloom infiltrates a small Florida town leaving its economy in ruin, and forcing the local fishermen and divers to do whatever they can to make a living. Alex Nikoladis returns home from prison to find that his older brother is wrapped up in a world of drugs, lies, and death. Now Alex’s only hope for redemption from his rebellious past is to rescue his brother and return to the family trade of sponge diving, that is, without drowning in the red tide.
AND IT GETS BETTER!
There was ANOTHER movie titled RED TIDE that was released in 2016! The plot summary from IMDB for that movie goes like this:
A Marine Biologist and her research team discover a radioactive ship washed ashore from the Japanese Tsunami, and find themselves in a fight for their lives against a mutant creature that could destroy the world.
Here is the trailer for this film:
Ok – I have my movie watching schedule for the next few nights (provided I can find these gems online).
Anyway – sorry for my Filipino friends that were unfortunate enough to eat shellfish contaminated by the harmful algae bloom that produces dinoflagellates (Karenia brevis, Alexendrium fundyense or Alexendrium monilatum). These little creatures cause a variety of (mostly) neurotoxic pathologies including paralytic shellfish poisoning, neurotoxic shellfish poisoning, amnesic shellfish poisoning, diarrheic shellfish poisoning, ciguatera fish poisoning and azaspiracid shellfish poisoning.