Subject: Manatee:BRF--Manatee Deaths (fwd)

Mike Williamson (pita@www1.wheelock.edu)
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 13:53:51 -0500 (EST)

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Date: Sat, 15 Nov 97 14:43:00 GMT 
From: r.mallon1@genie.com
To: marmam@uvvm.uvic.ca, pita@whale.simmons.edu
Subject: BRF--Manatee Deaths

BRF--Manatee Deaths

   FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Six manatees found dead in a four-day
stretch could indicate a repeat of a red tide that decimated the
magnificent sea cows just a year ago.
   The manatees were discovered from Thursday to Sunday in the
Caloosahatchee River area, where a new red tide outbreak has
occurred, state officials said.
   Scientists are conducting necropsies to determine what killed
them.
   "At this moment we do not have the details. But obviously there
is a concern that it could be similar to what has occurred
before," said Wendy Quigley, a spokeswoman for Florida Marine
Research Institute in St. Petersburg.
   Red tide, a poisonous algae that frequently blooms in the Gulf
of Mexico, killed 149 manatees in Southwest Florida in 1996, when a
record 425 died from various causes.