Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

March 10, 2013

Red Tide Is Not A New Laundry Detergent

Manatee Mother and Calf
Photo credit: USGS

Red Tide or Algae Bloom is now out of control on Florida's Gulf Coast in the Tampa Bay area.
This may, according to Florida Wildlife officials, be the worst year ever for Manatees.
Previously the highest number of deaths was at 151 in 1996 and
the experts are projecting that it will be even worse this year.
We are at 149 right now.
It seems that Manatees just can't get a break, either they are hit and maimed
or killed outright by boats, or they die from extremely cold winters.
Now the threat for Red Tide threatens to be the worst enemy, other than Humans,
that the Manatee have ever encountered.

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