A red tide is an algae bloom that is so large it can take away too much of the oxygen in an underwater area, killing animals, but mostly their food source. The blooms can sometimes even be poisonous to animals. These blooms are often fatal to animals.

In an earlier article I mentioned the record manatee deaths occurring because of algae blooms known as Red Tides. At the time The manatee deaths were approximately 10 a day in Florida, and 149 had died from the start of the bloom to March 8th 2013. The death count  this year is now 769. Last year the death count was 392 manatees, but these were not caused by a red tide. The number of deaths this year  breaks the record of florida manatee deaths per year for any reason. The previous record was 766 in 2010 due to cold stress.

15 Manatees were rescued during this year’s red tide, but the record breaking  number of manatee deaths is to alarming to be ignored.


Unusually high number of dolphin deaths along the east coast

August 4, 2013

Since June, about 120 dead dolphins have washed up between New Jersey and Virginia. This time last year, only about 68 had been found.  This year there was 87 in Virginia, 21 in New Jersey, 10 in Delaware, and 4 in Maryland. This is compared to 50 in Virginia, 12 in New jersey,  5 in [...]

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Record-breaking deadzone forecast for this summer

June 27, 2013

Forecast for this summer is a record breaking new jersey sized dead zone. A dead zone is an area in the ocean or the great lakes where there is not enough oxygen to sustain life. Dead zones are created when there is a very large algae bloom, and it starts to decompose. When the algae [...]

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Rare albino humpback whales sighted

June 26, 2013

In 1991 an male albino humpback whale was discovered near Cairns, Australia. This whale, named “Migaloo” meaning white fella, was previously the only recorded albino humpback on the planet. In 2011 an albino calf was photographed and scientists assumed he was Migaloo’s offspring. June 13, 2013 he was spotted sevral times. Migaloo was sighted in [...]

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grey whale spotted south of equator

May 19, 2013

On May 4th 2013 a grey whale  was spotted in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Walvis bay is in the southern hemisphere, which makes this whale the first grey whale spotted below the equator  in perhaps hundreds of years. There are two possible explanations, one good and one bad, for this phenomenon. The first explanation could be that [...]

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whale skeleton helps discover 9 new species

March 19, 2013

A 35-foot minke whale skeleton was found 4,737 feet below the surface off the south sandwich islands. The discovery of this several-decades-old skeleton was the first of its kind. The skeleton gave biologists and scientists a look into what a dead-whale skeleton can do to help an ecosystem and the animals that live within it. [...]

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Record manatee deaths

March 10, 2013

A red tide, which is a sudden bloom of algae that makes the water look red, in florida is causing a record number of manatee deaths. The algae is spreading on to the grass that the manatees eat, causing them to become paralyzed and die. this bloom started approximately late fall 2012, to early winter [...]

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