Dozens of fish washed ashore along the beaches of Marco Island Thanksgiving weekend.
It’s not confirmed to be a result of red tide, but it’s a question being asked.
The latest red tide map shows there are medium to high-level concentrations currently in the water off Marco.
“What are those big beautiful fish doing dead on the shore the coastline,” asked visitor Cynthia Fand.
“I was like, ‘Wow, they’re big,'” visitor Allison Kosakowski said. “And it’s sad, you know, to see anything dead on the beach.”
Beachgoers could smell the stench of dead fish. Those who tried to avoid the sight of it were likely to run into more dead fish.
“There was a couple of it,” Fand said. “It wasn’t just one. It was every hundred feet or so there was another one.”
The big, smelly fish sparked memories for many.
“I’ve seen red tide before, and it’s gross,” visitor April Shiery said.
Some visitors said the dead marine life ruins the sights they came to see on Marco.
“It’s pretty bad,” said Chuck Frazier, who lives on Marco. “It makes these beautiful beaches not so beautiful.”
It leaves people wondering what the remainder of their trip will look like.
“They’re gonna decay there probably in the next couple days,” Fand said.