The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just released a recent report that shows manatees are dying at an alarming rate.
We are just halfway through 2021 and they already reported around 761 manatee deaths. In the whole year of 2018 there 804 reported manatee deaths.
Jon Moore, a marine biologist at FAU said, “If this continues through the rest of the year, this is going to be one of the highest mortality years ever.”
He speculates that it is because the water quality is worsening in Florida because of wastewater and algae blooms caused by nutrient runoffs in the rivers. He had this to say, “The algal blooms are clouding the water and cutting off light, so the seagrass can’t photosynthesize and sustain themselves.”