Record Dolphin Deaths and Worst Year for Blue Crabs Ever
Record toxic algae blooms in the southern Lagoon and harmful red-brown blooms in the northern end have led to record die-offs for many of the Lagoon’s wildlife. Sixty-six dolphins, over a hundred manatees, and hundreds of pelicans have died. In addition, the northern Lagoon has seen record low commercial blue crab catches.
Blue crabs hide in the sea grasses and are considered a keystone species for the Lagoon ecosystem. They provide food for many other important species and serve a valuable scavenger role along the lagoon bottom. Algae blooms have wiped out their sea grass beds, leaving them no place to hide from predators.
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