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Scientists investigate record manatee deaths


A record number of manatee's died this year and state scientists are trying to figure out why.

According to wildlife officials, for the first time since record-keeping began in the 1970s, our state's manatee death toll reached 800 in a single year. That's 408 more than last year.

The deaths are being blamed on several different things.    For instance, a massive bloom of red tide algae along the state's southwestern coast caused 276 deaths early in the year.

And a mysterious ailment has killed 117 manatees in the Indian River Lagoon on the state's east coast. But those factors aside, scientists are working to figure out what caused the death toll to climb so high this year.