WATCH: Stuart manatees struggle through algae

Posted at 6:32 AM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 07:09:28-04

STUART, Fla. - A viewer in Stuart recorded videos this week of manatees swimming through thick algae near North River Shores.

In just eight hours, one video by Chris Mascia Palas was shared more than 3,000 times.

Palas said she and her family spotted the manatee struggling in a canal behind their house.

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“The water is like thick pea soup and has blue color in it as well.  It stinks like a dead rotting something! .. (The manatee was) clearly was in search of fresh water as well as struggling to clear its airways,” wrote Palas.

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Palas later posted another video of a manatee at North River Shores “struggling to clear its airways and his nose was clogged” with algae.