31 Oct '13, 4pm

Florida manatees dying in record numbers, 769 dead in 2013

Florida manatees dying in record numbers, 769 dead in 2013

For such a gentle creature, the Florida Manatee actually has a tough life. I mean, they just sort of bob and float around and eat grass all day, which is pretty nice, but with Manatee Awareness Month starting in November, it's a good time to look at the number of deadly threats facing this endangered species. Flickr: prefvotuporanga /CC BY 2.0 When they aren't getting hit by boats , which is their number one cause of death, they suffer from crazy guys jumping on their backs or ladies trying to take them for a joy ride . Unusually cold weather can kill off hundreds , as well, as it did in the winter of 2010. Sadly, 2013 has been the deadliest year on record for manatees, due in part to a toxic red algae bloom , which can poison the manatees and other wildlife, causing paralyses and eventual drowning. In April of this year, 241 manatees had been reported killed due to the al...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/florida-mana...

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