IRL is an animal ‘mass murder mystery’ as 46 dolphins, 111 manatee, 300 pelicans die

Dead manatees found in the Indian River Lagoon (Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

The Indian River Lagoon contains more species than anywhere else in the US,  and to the towns along its edge — Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne, Vero Beach and  Stuart, it accounts for hundreds of millions in revenue from angling, boating,  bird-watching, tourism and other waterfront activities.

Deaths of hundreds of animals, fish and birds have been occurring for more than a year. No specific cause can be found – biologists are perplexed. Theories range from fertilizer pollution to climate change.

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