Walking with the Alligators

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October 25, 2013

Lagoon Lunacy?

A bottlenose dolphin in Florida waters
Picture credit: NOAA

On our news this morning was a brief story about the suspected cause of all the recent bottlenose dolphin deaths along the Atlantic Coast, including our own Indian River Lagoon.
The conclusion reached and reported, was that the dolphins had possibly contracted a virus.
Although, my education was in Anthropology, not Biology, my thinking normally leans with the scientific community.
But, not this time!
I found this story to be suspect, to say the very least.
So, in response to this news story report of the theory deduced by NOAA,  my question is this:
Is a virus causing the sea grasses to die as well?
Not sure, but don’t think that plants and animals are affected by the same illnesses, are they?
Has the mega Agency been “encouraged”  to diffuse the swell of hostility towards those responsible for polluting, by pushing this virus theory?
Yes, many years ago, a virus did kill many marine animals and cause a huge die off, however, did it kill plant life as well then too?
Just asking, because we have had massive aquatic plant death here, in addition to marine life and birds.
You decide, but how very convenient to attempt to direct the bright lights or glare of a questioning  public, away from the more plausible cause of illness and death for our Florida wildlife, both plant and animal alike, with this questionable at best, theory of a virus.
Do “ they”  think that we are so naïve, we just will swallow this idea without question and stop blaming the true culprit in this heartbreaking tragedy, which is the out of control pollution, as a result of chemical run off and toxins in our once pristine waters?
As a child of the rebellious ’60′s, may I simply suggest that what was true then, might perhaps be even more relevant today,  “question authority. ”
At least, couldn’t  we get a second opinion?
NOAA: Virus Likely Causing Dolphin Deaths

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