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FWC responds to dead manatee on Anna Maria Island

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ANNA MARIA, FL (WWSB) - Florida Fish and Wildlife Marine Rescue responded to reports of a dead manatee this week on Anna Maria Island. 

According to FWC, a manatee carcass was located, recovered, and brought back to our marine mammal pathology lab for necropsy. The toxicology results have not come in yet to determine the cause of the manatee's death.

FWC says the preliminary thought for the cause of death is red tide related.

If you see sick, stranded, distressed or dead manatees or other marine mammals, please call FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-3922. 

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