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Record number of manatees die in Florida as food source dries up

State officials report ‘unprecedented’ deaths due to starvation as pollution and algal blooms take toll

More manatees have died already this year than in any other year in Florida’s recorded history, primarily from starvation due to the loss of seagrass beds, state officials have said.

  • Associated Press
  • The Guardian

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that 841 manatee deaths were recorded between 1 January and 2 July, breaking the previous record of 830 that died during the whole of 2013 because of an…

More than half the deaths occurred in the Indian River Lagoon and its surrounding areas in Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St Lucie and Martin counties, according…

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