Manatee Poo Forces Fla. Beach Closing

'It was disgusting, but mystifying,' one resident says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2009 1:36 PM CDT
A young manatee floats upside down among an estimated over 300 other manatees gathered in a protected warm water canal in Riviera Beach, Fla. on Feb. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Florida Power & Light Company, Doug Murray)
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(Newser) – A Florida beach has reopened after a deluge of manatee poo forced it to close. Vero Beach city employees spent hours burying what may have been a mile-long stretch of dung. Environmental officials blamed the mess on unusual wind patterns. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve lived along beaches all my life,” one Vero Beach resident told the Press Journal. “It was disgusting, but mystifying. It looked like Great Dane poop all along the beach.”