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Cold Weather Killing Florida's Manatees

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Unusually cold weather last winter killed Florida's endangered manatees at a record rate, a report said

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Rose Becke (287)
Monday December 13, 2010, 12:18 am
Sad Indeed

Past Member (0)
Monday December 13, 2010, 1:11 am
Thanks for sharing.

Carol H. (229)
Monday December 13, 2010, 3:29 am
this year will be bad too. sadly noted, thanks Cal

Monday December 13, 2010, 6:40 am
this is very sad

Helena K. (57)
Monday December 13, 2010, 9:23 am
bad news... thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Monday December 13, 2010, 9:28 am
They do not know for sure what caused 271 deaths in 2009 but say it probably was the weather. What the heck does that tell us. If the Manatee is protected - then why do they not know the real reason for their demise?
It seems that someone is not doing their job properly to find out the truth. Soon another species will be no longer.

Morris G. (18)
Monday December 13, 2010, 9:40 am
" If the Manatee is protected - then why do they not know the real reason for their demise?
It seems that someone is not doing their job properly to find out the truth."
If those darm manatees would just go to the vet when they get sick maybe we could find out what the problem is ;-). Are you serious? Somebody is not doing their job? Please...
Best they can figure out it is indeed the cold. Interestingly one of the biggest refuges they have in the winter is the outfall of power plants. SInce many of these power plants are scheduled to be retired and may not be rebuilt the manatee supporters are concerned about the lack of warm water winter grounds.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 13, 2010, 9:50 am
This is depressing news. And by the looks of things, the conditions this year are going to be worse.

Terry B. (649)
Monday December 13, 2010, 9:55 am
TYVM -- why are motor boats even allowed in manatee areas? Learn how to sail, you lazy mechanized bums.

Natividad P. (104)
Monday December 13, 2010, 11:57 am
It is very sad that these animals may disappear. Thanks Cal

Anna G. (31)
Monday December 13, 2010, 12:23 pm
very sad.

Yvonne White (233)
Monday December 13, 2010, 6:31 pm
"The latest surveys estimate there are only about 5,000 of the chubby marine mammals left in Florida waters.
"We are very concerned about the unusually high number of manatee deaths this year," Gil McRae, the director of the institute, said in a statement. "The cold-related deaths this past winter emphasize the importance of warm weather habitat to the Florida manatee."
The previous record of 429 manatee deaths was set in 2009 but only 56 of those were caused by cold weather."
Is this a ploy to allow more nuclear power plants?
"In most years, the leading cause of manatee deaths is from collisions with power boats." Or do they want to blame weather & repeal boating bans?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 14, 2010, 9:41 am
Thank you for this one, Cal. :(
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