Florida investigating alarming spike in manatee deaths

Miami (AFP) – Florida authorities are investigating an alarming increase in manatee deaths, after the bodies of more than 500 of the giant marine mammals have been found so far this year — 349 more than died in all of 2020. Nearly 540 dead manatees were found in Florida waters just between January 1 and March 19, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). That is almost as many manatee deaths as were counted in the last three years combined. About 175 manatees usually die in Florida every year.  The FWC said in a statement Wednesday that the situation could now …

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