Article courtesy of Staff of Craig Pittman | July 6th, 2016 | Tampa Bay Times | Shared as educational material.
From 2012 to 2015, 158 manatees (along with many pelicans and dolphins) died in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, which was once known as the most diverse ecosystem in America. This disturbing trend halted last summer, but it began again this year with nine new manatees dying since May. The culprit appears to be two different types of algae fed by pollution in the lagoon. These algae blooms blocked necessary sunlight from sea grass that served as food many creatures, thus forcing them to change their diets. Sadly, for many of the manatees, this change in vegetation proved to be fatal. Read more about this by clicking here.