Manatees dead from red tide poisoning at a record, officials say

03/13/2013 | Herald-Tribune (Batesville, Ind.), The

An unusually warm winter has spurred the growth of toxic red tide algae, leading to the possible deaths of a record 174 manatees this year. The previous record of 151 was in 1996. In southwest Florida, red tide blooms are common, settling into the sea grass beds where manatees feed. As a result, experts are concerned the unusually high number of deaths may threaten the recovery of the endangered species.

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