A dead manatee washed up at the Cape Coral Yacht Club dock right outside of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building where officials were talking to the community about the algae problem. Several people were at the meeting. Business owners, vacationers and the people who live in the area wanted answers on how to fix the algae problem.
The overflow crowd that weren’t able to go inside the meeting spotted an aggregation near the docks.
They noticed that one of the manatees was dead.
The water releases from Lake Okeechobee has been causing the algae problem in several parts of Southwest Florida.
According to one LTC Jennifer A. Reynolds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, trying to find an immediate solution to the algae might take some time.
“The projects that we’re talking about are still going to take a few years,” Reynolds said, “before they start coming online.”
If you see a sick, injured, or dead animal in the water like a manatee, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922 to report it.