If you live in Florida and want to kill manatees, it is much easier than you think.
I can show you in 3 easy steps.
Step 1, buy a dog.
Step 2, let it poop.
Step 3, wait for manatees to die.
See, you are now a trained manatee killer! Wasn't that easy?
If you already have a dog and you are not picking up his poop, you may already be a professional manatee assassin. All you have to do is, nothing. Just don't be responsible at picking up your dogs fecal waste and wait for it to kill manatees.
You might think this is a joke, but I assure you, it is not.
Leaving dog waste on your own lawn will allow the rain to wash it away into the wetlands and waterways. No surprise there, you are probably hoping it does wash away so you don't have to clean it up.
But when that happens the dog poop allows algae to grow in the water creating toxic algae blooms that kill manatees, birds, fish and ironically, dogs that swim in or drink the water.
In Clearwater Florida the water pollution was so bad they tried to close the waste treatment plant down. But test showed the pollution was actually from the residents dog poop which was washing into the river.
OH MY! Everyone that was pointing the finger was actually the cause. Wasn't that an embarrassing moment?
Not only were they the root of their own problem, they were manatee killers as well.
There are actually millions of manatee killers in Florida despite the manatees having no natural predators.
Every dog owner that is not picking up dog poop is potentially killing manatees.
If you are not worried about the manatees, at least consider that your own dog will likely die if they come in contact with an algae bloom that they may be responsible for creating.
It is no joke. The water becomes toxic and one sip at the waters edge when you let your dog run by the river edge can kill them.
Lets say, they poop in the bushes, you just leave it right?
What is the harm, the rain will wash it away.
Please think about where it goes, how it impacts the environment and what the legacy you will be leaving your children and grand children.
Will they be able to enjoy the manatees the way you did?