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Deadly cold kills record number of manatees
 

Manatees are extremely cold sensitive
 

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15 Mar 10 - The largest manatee die-off ever recorded in Florida is playing out in the state’s backwaters and bays this winter.

Manatees are extremely cold sensitive, and this year, a record 206 manatees have died from cold stress.

The previous record for cold-stress deaths, set last year, was 56 -
and there are still almost nine months left in the year.

Overall, 393 manatees have died in state waters through March 12. More than 150 of those deaths have been categorized as undetermined or their carcasses unrecovered, but most are likely cold-weather related as well, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute senior research associate Martine De Wit.

Manatee carcasses still are being recovered on a daily basis, said De Wit. “I don’t expect these numbers to slow down any time soon.”

Manatee hospitals around the state are so busy caring for cold stressed manatees that Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is keeping manatees in its above-ground — and heated — pool.

See entire article:
http://m.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100317/GREEN/100317043/-1/WAP&template=wapart

See also:
http://m.naplesnews.com/news/2010/mar/15/cold-kills-record-number-manatees-193/

Thanks to Eddie Mertin for this link

 

          

 

 



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