Red tide will lead to record die-off of Florida manatees, according to officials

Manatees die at a record rate, raising concerns.

Red tide will lead to record die-off of Florida manatees, according to officials

Science Recorder | Delila James | Monday, March 11, 2013

It could be a record for Florida. According to state officials, a record number of manatees are being killed by red tide. “This is probably going to be the worst die-off in history,” said Martine Dewit, a veterinarian with Florida’s marine mammal pathology laboratory. Red tide, comprised of harmful algae blooms that contain toxins deadly to marine life, cause seawater to turn a deep reddish color... To continue reading, subscribe to Science Recorder today.

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