Red Tide Killing Manatee And Other Sea Life

Seaworld has become the home for some sea animals as the state continues to scramble due to the red tide. Currently, the waves cascading the Gulf coast of Florida are in a very stinky muddy state. The reddish-brown tide came in last October and has been plaguing the water and wildlife ever since. So far, the icky water has been the cause of death for a lot of sea creatures. Also, the CDC says that the air in the area is dangerous for people to breathe in.

The reason for the red tide is due to the sea algae toxicity. The algae grow in lower levels in the ocean, and large blooms of them have come ashore across the coast of Florida. The algae survive best in warm water and feed on fertilizers and such that was off into the ocean.

Red Tide Leads To Wild Manatee Living At Sea World

The reason the red tide kills animals is due to the algae harboring a deadly brevetoxin. According to scientists working at the Mote Marine Laboratory, this bout of red tide is the worst they’ve seen in the last ten years. For seven Gulf coast counties, the Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a state of emergency.

Fish are suffocating due to the toxic waters. Manatees feel the effects of the brevetoxin when they eat contaminated seagrass. According to reports from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 92 manatees have died. As a means to save the manatees, Florida is doing whatever they can. As of now, around twelve manatees are being housed at Sea World in Orlando.

Sea World officials say that they are treating the sick manatees the best the can with the resources they have. The sooner they can treat the animals the better. If they can treat the sick animals within the first 24 hours of intoxication, more than likely the animal will make a full recovery.