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    Bad one this year...



    By Melissa Gray and Joe Sutton, CNN
    updated 8:20 AM EDT, Tue March 12, 2013


    (CNN) -- Florida's endangered manatees have long suffered from human activity, but this year they face an especially deadly threat hidden in the waters where they swim.

    An algae bloom off southwest Florida, called Florida red tide, has killed 174 manatees since January, the highest number to die from red tide in a calendar year, state wildlife officials said Monday.


    Unlike other algae blooms, red tides are not caused by pollution, the wildlife service said.

    "Red tides occurred in Florida long before human settlement, and severe red tides were observed in the mid-1900s before the state's coastlines were heavily developed," the commission said.
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    Has any attempt been made to arrest this algae and make them pay for their crimes against huge manatee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Has any attempt been made to arrest this algae and make them pay for their crimes against huge manatee?

    They are tiny and elusive, but DU's nadin is rumored to be working on a cure. She's a Marine MicroBiologist you know...
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    The fact that I have to slow my sailboat down to keep from killing a family of manatees should tell us that these animals don't have much of a future.
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    We have regulations against using fertilizer during the summer months, to prevent eventual runoff into the gulf. But this year has been different, with the season starting so soon.

    What's really difficult is that it takes so many man hours to rehab this manatees. I heard on the local news that Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa has a manatee rehab center. The problem is that the animals (and the ones at Mote Marine weigh 1100 and 1700 pounds) need to be held up in the water. Like dolphins in distress, they must be held with their heads up to prevent their drowning. That takes people in there 24/7. The darned red tide also can cause seizures. I can't even imagine how difficult it would be with animals that size seizing in the water. It was difficult it was to handle Blue, my greyhound who suffered with seizures for 10+ years, when he was having a seizure.

    The other obstacle to rehab is they can't be returned to the wild right now, as the red tide is still out there. There's limited carrying space for these animals in local facilities.

    SR and I had been doing beach walking. With the red tide, I'm coughing too much. It's nasty stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    The fact that I have to slow my sailboat down to keep from killing a family of manatees should tell us that these animals don't have much of a future.

    LOL.


    Sea World and Zoo aquariums are good places for manatees. Yet I understand that they are a unique animal that lives mostly around Florida, and I can understand why people in Florida would want to save them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    LOL.


    Sea World and Zoo aquariums are good places for manatees. Yet I understand that they are a unique animal that lives mostly around Florida, and I can understand why people in Florida would want to save them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    LOL.


    Sea World and Zoo aquariums are good places for manatees. Yet I understand that they are a unique animal that lives mostly around Florida, and I can understand why people in Florida would want to save them.
    The problem is there have been close to a couple hundred die already. There are only 4-5 k in the wild. At the rate they're getting hit by boats (people who are too stupid to read the "slow manatees" signs or just plain don't care), there won't be many left. And there's definitely not room for hundreds of manatees at zoos or aquariums such as Sea World. They are remarkably gentle creatures and should be saved.
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    Someone had to do it...

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