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Mysterious ailment killing manatees on East Coast

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A mysterious ailment is killing off dozens of manatees on the Florida's East Coast.

State Fish and Wildlife Research Institute experts say that since last July, 55 manatees have died of similar symptoms in the Indian River Lagoon area - 25 of them in just the past month.

These deaths are not red tide related, although more than 150 manatees have died due to the toxic algae along Florida's West Coast.

Experts suspect the East Coast deaths are connected to back-to-back blooms of a different kind of harmful algae, one that has stained the Indian River Lagoon a chocolate brown.


Information taken from Associated Press.


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