A huge number of sea turtles, hundreds, have been found dead on the shores in Southwest Florida in a mass mortality event this year. The marine researchers are concerned that this will have a huge negative impact on the preservation of the protected species.

The average number of dead sea turtles is usually around 30. In the past two months, June and July, there have been 53 deaths already, says Kelly Sloan, a researcher at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation on Sanibel.

The marine researchers believe that this is happening due to the so-called “red tide” that started to bloom last October. The researchers are convinced that the bloom of the red algae had an impact on the sea turtles, along with fish and other marine mammals, because they have seen marine animals exhibit neurological symptoms prior to their deaths. The intensity of the bloom varies along the shores.

Read the original story HERE.