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We are now at 1,624 tons of dead fish that have been pulled from the waters surrounding Pinellas County.
It’s hard to think about how big that is, but we tried out best to show you with a little local flair.
Pile 'em all up and they'd go a decent way up the Beer Can Building in downtown Tampa. (We'll leave you to imagine the smell.)
Some scale: The heaviest blue whale on record weighed 200 tons. This is more than eight times that.
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According to themeasureofthings.com, that's also ...
🗽 11 times as heavy as the Statue of Liberty (without its base).
🦖 250 Tyrannosaurus rexes.
🚗 About 900 cars.
🚀 21 Space Shuttles.
Now that you’ve got a grip on all that dead fish, here’s some better news: Pinellas County spokesman Tony Fabrizio told Axios things are moving in the right direction from our ongoing red tide threat.
"We’re encouraged. It looked a lot better over the last two days. But the Gulf temperature is really high — 88 degrees. We’re hopeful at this point."
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