“I said talk!” Crato slammed his fists into the cold metal of the surgical tray in front of him, no longer able to control the emotions that were boiling inside of him. He wanted to stay calm. But he was losing his patience.
The human barely blinked, unphased. Despite his suit being disheveled, his tie loosely hanging from his neck, he looked eerily calm. Maybe even like he expected something like this to happen.
Being dragged into the ocean and interrogated by Atlantians in their secret facilities might sound quite shocking. But maybe it’s something you expect when you have no care for the ocean. You just expect that all the deaths will catch up to you.
Crato walked over to where a blanket was covering a bubbly mass. He dramatically pulled back the blanket to reveal three dead manatees, mouths agape, eyes wide. The sight made him uneasy and he looked away.
The man only stared blankly ahead.
“This is what your product is doing,” Crato continued. “Do you not care?”
The man’s lip quivered ever so slightly. At least Crato thought he saw it. But the man remained stoic. Eventually he said: “No.”
But his voice was quiet.
“If your profits depended on guaranteeing that your products did no harm to the seas, you’d have solved these pollution and chemical issues in a week!” Crato said, starting to feel exasperated.
The man stared blankly. Jaw clenched, he seemed to be chewing around his next words, afraid to let them out. But he continued to keep his composure.
“Answer me!” Crato bellowed, lurching towards the executive.
The man jerked back ever so slightly. He said, “I don’t have to answer to you.”
Crato walked away. He was done. And emerging from the shadows was a slim, almost violent form. It was the same Atlantian that kidnapped him and brought him down to Crato’s laboratory. It was Athidena.
Even though the man didn’t know her name, he clearly recognized her as she sauntered towards him, her steely eyes fixated on him. He tried to back away, chest heaving, eyes widening. But it was too late for that.
Athidena smirked. This was her favorite part.
Manatees are in Danger
It’s terrifying. Almost every day we are uncovering some new horror happening within the ocean or to its inhabitants. This time, a scientific study concluded that manatees in Florida are “chronically exposed” to glyphosate runoff, which is also found in herbicides applied to aquatic weeds.
Glyphosate, which is found in all of the top weedkillers, has been found in over 55% of Florida manatees sampled in this study, a critical increase from 2009’s study. It causes immune and renal systems to fail.
Said Director of the Center For Biological Diversity, Jacyln Lopez: “Our beloved, chubby sea cows are dodging boat strikes, reeling from red tide, and starving in the Indian River Lagoon because of water pollution. It’s heartbreaking to add chronic glyphosate exposure to the list of factors threatening manatee survival.”
Manatees may be protected under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act, but it seems that the 6,500 manatees located in the southeastern United States (of 13,000 total manatees left in the world) are still in constant danger and are constantly fighting to simply exist. And that’s thanks in part to big weedkiller brands ignoring the destructive side effects of their products.
Manatees already have a high mortality rate due to humans continued pollution and reckless water activities. Now corporations are causing kidney and liver damage to these gentle souls. And it’s not going unnoticed.
From a TideTurn perspective, Atlantians always keep a watchful eye on all sea creatures. Seeing the manatee’s population rapidly dwindle is a huge concern, which is why they risked capturing an executive from the weedkiller company responsible for such unconscionable injustice.
And manatees aren’t even alone. The Environmental Protection Agency determined that exposure to glyphosate affects 93% of known species and 96% of critical habitats. This includes the manatee but means there are so many other animals suffering the consequences of careless companies shrugging off the harmful side effects of their products.
If humans won’t listen to their own scientists, the Abyssian Court might have to step in. But this time they’re coming on land.