FL Red Tide Manatee Deaths

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Red Tide in Florida is killing more than four-times as many manatees this year as it did in 2012.

Red Tide is caused by toxic algae blooms growing in the state's coastal waters.

In high concentrations, its toxin paralyzes the central nervous system of fish so they cannot breathe.

Last year only had 32 confirmed red tide deaths, this year well over 100.

The current red tide bloom is affecting 70 miles of coastline from Sarasota through mid-Lee County.

So far this year, FWC reports 149-Red Tide-related manatee deaths in the state...127 of those in Lee County.

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