Almost 20 tons of dead fish along with a shocking number of dolphins manatee and turtles on Southwest Florida shores from red tide

Federal officials are alarmed over the shocking number of dolphins killed by red tide in the Gulf. They’ve declared an emergency and are enlisting the help of scientists to find solutions. Many of these dolphins have been recovered by Mote Marine Lab. Researchers are now scrambling to respond to this crisis, and at the moment, there’s no end in sight. Since July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has documented at least 50 dolphin deaths from Pinellas to Collier counties. That number is so startling they have now declared a UME, or Unusual Mortality Event. “We strive to learn as much as we can but its hard to completely separate your emotions from what you see when you’re dealing with all these animals, for sure,” said Mote Marine Lab Stranding Investigations Program Manager Gretchen Lovewell. Researchers from Mote Marine Lab have experienced this spike first hand. “Our annual average over the last 10 years has been about 10 dolphins a year…….Read More

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