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Hurricane Wilma: One year later: A slow healing

October 2006: The sparse dead mangrove island at the mouth of Morgan Pass on Cape Romano has further eroded since Hurricane Wilma came ashore on Oct. 24, 2005.

Photo by Garrett Hubbard, Daily News

October 2006: The sparse dead mangrove island at the mouth of Morgan Pass on Cape Romano has further eroded since Hurricane Wilma came ashore on Oct. 24, 2005.

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  • A pelican perches on a dead red mangrove on a small key off Caxambas Pass near Marco Island this past Tuesday. None of the red mangroves on this key, as with many islands for wading birds, are regrowing vegetation nearly a year after Hurricane Wilma caused damage.
  • A white ibis walks on a fallen dead red mangrove on the most-western ABC Island near Marco Island. Ted Below, an avian ecologist, said the damaged mangrove island has forced out many smaller wading birds, such as the ibis and egret.
  • October 2006: The sparse dead mangrove island at the mouth of Morgan Pass on Cape Romano has further eroded since Hurricane Wilma came ashore on Oct. 24, 2005.
  • A small piece of land and shredded mangroves remained in late October 2005 after the eye of Hurricane Wilma came ashore at Cape Romano.

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