Florida lagoon is an animal ‘mass murder mystery’ as 46 dolphins, 111 manatees and 300 pelicans die from unknown cause
(DAILY MAIL) Hundreds of dead animals are washing up along the shores of one of America’s most biologically diverse estuary. More than 100 manatees, 300 pelicans and almost 50 dolphins were all found dead along the northern stretches of the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. Biologists are now trying to work out what the problem is, but there is no doubt that it is a serious one. The lagoon contains more species than anywhere else in the U.S. 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. Its 156 miles of water boast more than 600 species of fish and more than 300 kinds of birds.