A record number of manatees have died in Florida in 2013 and the body count continues to climb with two more months left in the year.
The death toll reached a staggering 796 just a few days from November, Florida’s Manatee Awareness Month — that’s an average of two manatee deaths per day over the last ten months.
What’s worse, 126 of those were calves, reports Save The Manatee Club, an organization cofounded by Jimmy Buffet that works to protect the endangered species.
The high death count, which is already double that of last year, is attributed to a sudden bloom of toxic red algae and a “mass murder mystery” in Indian River Lagoon where 47,000 acres of sea grass and 111 manatees died.
Read the full article at The Huffington Post