Red Tide kills record 241 manatees, officials report
TAMPA — A deadly algae bloom that killed a record number of manatees has dissipated, though the death toll for the endangered sea mammals continues to rise, Florida wildlife officials said on Thursday.
Red Tide has killed 241 manatees this year as of Wednesday, said Kevin Baxter, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. The figure surpasses the highest number of Red Tide manatee deaths on record in Florida — 151 in 1996.
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