Published: Oct 26, 2012 6:21 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 26, 2012 6:26 PM EDT

SANIBEL, Fla. - Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact the shores of Southwest Florida. For weeks, red tide has been killing fish and producing harmful toxins, but experts say the storm could help with the problem.

"The last couple of blooms that were dense around here dissipated after strong winds. Strong winds can do is cause a lot of waves and turbulence," said researcher Rick Bartleson with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

"The ones on the surface in the breaking waves can be detroyed and that will reduced the numbers," said Bartleson.

The levels of the toxic algae bloom sitting off-shore can hurt marine life and cause respiratory problems in people.

Researchers at SCCF say we recently hit a peak. Today, researcher Mark Thompson they even took a swim to test the levels.

"Yesterday we had the highest concentration of the red tide microorganism that we've had over the last 3 weeks," said Thompson.
 But said the levels appear to be going down.    
"Today I don't feel the irritation. Yesterday, It looked like It may have a red tint but it's hard to tell because of the wave action, but today it seems like it's clear," he said.