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What's Killing Florida's Manatees This Time?


Offbeat  (tags: animals, interesting, unusual )

Marty
- 396 days ago - blogs.smithsonianmag.com
In the past week the news came out--and was distributed widely--that the deaths were down to a "suite of toxins," some that may be previously unknown. The toxins were found on the manatee's food and are thought to be produced by algae.



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Arielle S. (316)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 10:15 am
Maybe we should be asking BP about this and all those chemicals they used to "clean up" the spill...
 

Jude Hand (59)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:25 am
Noted. When I moved to FL from CT 25 years ago, I didn't know what a manatee was. Upon seeing my first, at a state park, I was fascinated by them. The biggest threat, in those days, was folks in speed boats whose blades cut them. As I learned, in this still-confederate land, this was something harder to control than just setting speed limits and putting up signs to watch for the creatures. Not long ago, I was delighted to find that the scare of their potential extinction was gone. Now, here we are. Sad, sad stuff. 25 years here has convinced me that Floridians could do more....and simply aren't.
 

GGmaSheila D. (153)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:16 pm
Read and noted. Most people would be able to say the toxin(s) are caused by illegal toxic waste dumping. The scary part is that the toxin(s) is untraceable so far - if you find see it in the body, there's no proof...
 

Viktoriya Moskaleva (6)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:03 am
нужны дополнительные исследования и строгое наказание виновникам экологической катастрофы!
 

Patricia H. (468)
Monday July 22, 2013, 2:15 am
noted
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:42 am
Shared, thanks. :)
 

Carmen S. (611)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:36 am
thanks for sharing this, Marty
 

Marlene Dinkins (230)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:30 pm
noted thx for share Marty!!!!
 

Mm M. (448)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:55 pm
Noted with extreme sorrow for these Gentle Giants. What they go through is quite horrific. Great Smithsonian news at site! Again LOVED IT!!! TU
 
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