Rice University evolutionary biologists have discovered a new trophic interaction -- the first example of a parasitic plant attacking a parasitic insect on a shared host plant. Cassytha filiformis, or love vine, is common on four continents.
Capt. Chad Huff found an 80- to 100-pound tarpon floating dead last week near Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, where some of the worst fish kills have occurred since a red tide appeared off Southwest Florida in October.
Red Tide has caused scores of dead sea-life to wash up on beaches in Southwest Florida. Footage shows scenes from Boca Grande beach on July 28. “Nothing is protected from this Red Tide,” said Jeremy Judkins in this YouTube video.
Dave Morton published a video showing a dead manatee surrounded by a large crowd of people on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The mammal appeared as the US Army Corps of Engineers held a meeting to discuss the toxic releases from Lake Okeechobee.
An ongoing red tide is killing wildlife throughout Florida’s southwest coast and has left beaches littered with dead fish, sea turtles, manatees and a whale shark. Additional footage courtesy of Southwest Florida TV via Facebook.