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Manatees Dying in Droves on Coasts of Florida

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Large numbers of manatees are dying on both coasts of Florida.

In the southwest, a persistent red tide in the Gulf of Mexico has killed nearly 200 manatees this year. These tides are algal blooms, and occur when microorganisms called dinoflagellates proliferate, staining oceans and releasing toxins into the water and air. Harmful to organisms including fish, manatees and humans, the toxins attack the nervous system, causing short-term memory loss, paralysis, seizures and ultimately death.

In the east, near Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Ocean, manatees are also dying. But there the cause is unknown.

http://www.wired.com...es-under-siege/

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There seems to be a lot of things dieing in the ocean and washing up on shore. I'm sure most of it is man related.

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Isn't that deadly red algae naturally occurring?

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