Red Tide’s Continuing Toll: The 554 Dead Manatees in 2018 Already Surpasses Last Year’s Total

From: Tampa Bay Times

“Numbers like these also have to be taken into context with the possibly increasing size of the manatee population and local abundance variations from year to year,” she explained. “If more manatees hang out in more urban areas, one can assume that more carcasses will be found as opposed to years where they may get unnoticed.” Save the Manatee Club president Pat Rose said this is part of a pattern that his group predicted last year when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided manatees should not be listed as endangered any more.”

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