Scientists fear devastating ecosytem collapse in Indian River Lagoon

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Several manatees and pelicans have been found dead in the Indian River Lagoon, most likely due to the algae blooms that are quickly invading the area. With the deaths of these animals, scientist fear this is the beginning of a devastating ecosystem collapse, according to Environmental Protection Online.

The Indian River Lagoon has been suffering recently because of microscopic algae blooms, which have caused mass die-offs of seagrass, which shelters aquatic species and is the primary food for manatees. The Orlando Sentinel‘s Kevin Spear reports manatees began dying in the areas that had the worst seagrass loss last year, but no cause of death has officially been determined.

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