TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) — Among the major causes of deaths of manatees this year was the red tide bloom that lapped against the shores of Southwest Florida last fall and winter.
According to the Save the Manatee Club, this year already has gone down as the deadliest ever for Florida’s endangered sea mammals, and the year still has two months to go. Between Jan. 1 and Tuesday, 769 manatees died, the most in Florida since record keeping began, club officials said.
The previous record was set in 2010, when biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission counted 766 dead manatees. That year, 11 consecutive days of sub-freezing temperatures around the state was blamed for killing manatees in coastal rivers and springs. Nearly twice the number of manatees have died than in all of 2012. Click Here to read the entire story at TBO.com.