Dead manatee seen in water at Cape Coral Yacht Club

Dead manatee seen in water in Cape Coral
Dead manatee seen in water in Cape Coral
Posted at 1:49 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 13:06:48-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- In a bit of an ironic turn of events, wildlife officials removed a dead manatee from the water in Cape Coral just outside the building where government officials were answering questions from the public about polluted water being released from Lake Okeechobee.

That public meeting was taking place Tuesday afternoon with a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local officials before a full house at the yacht club.

Meanwhile, the overflow crowd outside the event were drawn to the nearby boat ramp, where several manatees were seen in the water. At least one manatee was floating upside down, and at least two more appeared to still be alive in the water next to it.

Several locals took to Facebook to document the scene.

Army Corps of Engineers talk water in Cape Coral - Video

Photos from the meeting

We'll update if we learn more about the fate of the animals.