Laura Pitts

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April 2013

Algae Bloom Kills Record Number Of Florida Manatees

More than 200 manatees have died in Florida's waterways since January from an algae bloom called red tide, just as wildlife officials try to remove the marine mammal from the endangered species list.<p>It used to be boat propellers that were the biggest killer of manatees, but red tide has been …

Annual manatee deaths in Florida top 800 for the first time

For the first time since records began being kept in Florida in the 1970s, the number of manatee deaths in a single year has topped 800, with two …

How Climate Change is Killing Hundreds of Endangered Florida Manatees

A staggering number of Florida manatees have died this year, making 2013 the deadliest year yet for these gentle sea giants. In total, 769 manatees …

14 Fun Facts About Manatees

How much do you know about manatees? They live in Florida and it’s illegal to harass them -we know that much. Smithsonian wants you to know much more …