|Tim and woman from Florida Wildlife Commission|
saving a manatee from effects of red tide -
rescue pictures from Manatee Guides' Facebook page
It was a sobering way to start off our kayak adventure, but it was interesting to learn more about the impact that red tide is having on our environment. It's not only tourism that's being affected. Dorrit and Lindy joined us on the kayak trip and rounded out their day with a visit to Peace River Wildlife Center back in Punta Gorda. There they heard another red tide story--this time about a pelican that was found in a paralytic state staggering around like a drunken sailor with its eyes rolled back into its head. The pelican was taken to PRWC and diagnosed as suffering the effects of red tide as a result of eating too many fish infected with the toxin. The pelican was immediately put on an IV treatment and is doing well.
|Wendi and me in action|
|Lindy, Mike, Dorrit, me, and Wendi|