Red tide blamed for deaths of at least 97 manatees in Florida this year
540 manatees have died through August 12
TAMARA LUSH Associated Press
3:57 AM, Aug 21, 2018
3:23 PM, Aug 21, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- It hasn't been a good year for manatees in Florida.
According to state wildlife statistics, there have been more manatee deaths so far this year than all of last year.
A total of 540 manatees have died through Aug. 12, compared to 538 in 2017. Experts blame a cold snap at the beginning of the year and the toxic red tide algae in the Gulf of Mexico for the fatalities.