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Tampa Electric opens manatee viewing center for season Nov 2, 2018 - The manatees are back. Tampa Electric Co. opened its Manatee Viewing Center for the season this week with a few improvements. The overflow parking lot will now have a 75-kilowatt solar array, which will shade the shuttle bus waiting area.
November is Manatee Awareness Month Oct 30, 2018 - So far this year, 714 manatees have died, compared to 538 in 2017, out of about 6,000 estimated to live in Florida waters, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Injured manatee early warning of need for caution on the water Oct 18, 2018 - As the winter manatee season approaches, one has already been rescued from local waters after a boat strike left it in desperate need of medical care. The injured manatee was located Monday in King's Bay by Craig Cavanna.
Red Tide Invades Florida’s East Coast! Oct 8, 2018 - Red Tide is a manatee's enemy because its toxicity could kill us very quickly! You see red tide is an extremely toxic algae bloom that forms when the water is warm and there are plenty of nutrients for it to live on.
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New treatment being developed for manatees poisoned by red tide Oct 1, 2018 - Florida International University and Mote Marine Laboratory are developing new and more efficient ways to treat manatees exposed to toxic red tide.
Six more manatees found dead, red tide the suspect Oct 1, 2018 - The death toll for marine life continues to rise as a toxic red tide bloom stretches along more than 100 miles of Florida's southwestern coast. Ride tide is the suspected culprit of six more manatee deaths in Sarasota County over the weekend.
Wildlife Recovery...Not So Simple Sep 27, 2018 - The red tide is a naturally occurring phenomenon worldwide and the bloom in our area has been around since last October. It is still here but hopes are that it will subside as cooler weather, and cooler water, arrives.
Sick manatee found near St. Armands Circle Sep 19, 2018 - A Sarasota Marine Patrol Officer helped Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservations Commission with a sick manatee on Wednesday. The manatee was found near a bridge on South Boulevard of the Presidents near St. Armands Circle.
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Rescued manatees arrive for stay in Homosassa Sep 13, 2018 - Wednesday morning, four rehabilitated manatees from Sea World arrived at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for a stay of undetermined length ' while they're now healthy, they can't be released into their home waters due to red tide.
Crew Cleanup for Manatee Season Sep 11, 2018 - As we near manatee season, divers collected several bags of trash to make the area safer for the sea cows. The bags of debris that line the intracoastal pose a problem with the sea cows migrating here starting in November.
Rescue network saves sick manatees, sea turtles from toxic red tide Sep 1, 2018 - Heather Barron snatched a fist-sized blue crab from a bucket with a pair of 18-inch hemostats, dangled it in a tank that contained a 380-pound female loggerhead sea turtle and hoped.
Florida Manatee: 10% of Population Could Be Wiped Out This Year Aug 20, 2018 - 2018 has not been a good year for Florida's iconic manatees. A total of 540 sea cows have died in the last eight months, surpassing last year's total of 538 deaths, according to figures posted Monday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
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Pensacola, look out for manatees affected by toxic red tide algae Aug 16, 2018 - Scientists are urging Pensacola area beachcombers and boaters to be on the lookout for manatees affected by a large toxic algae bloom stretching from the waters off Tampa through the Florida Keys.
Manatees gathering by N. Jetty, distressed? Aug 10, 2018 - Suncoast photographer Cindy Desmond sent pictures to ABC7 of a gathering of dozen manatees near the N. Jetty tonight. Some concerned bystanders, called Mote Marine thinking they may be in distress due to the red tide.
Manatee population continues to recover Nov 17, 2017 - November is Manatee Awareness Month and the state of the species is far better than it used to be, with Florida manatees now listed as threatened rather than endangered.
Mermaids Are Real & They Swim w/Manatees in Florida Springs Nov 16, 2017 - Each year when air and water temperatures throughout the state of Florida get cold, manatees seek warmth by congregating in the state's 72-degree-yearround springs.
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Meet Lagoona, the newest manatee at the South Florida Museum Nov 9, 2017 - A manatee named Lagoona has a new home at the South Florida Museum. Lagoona, who is about 2 years old, was rescued May 29 from Mosquito Lagoon on the east coast of Florida, according to the museum.
Mom and baby manatee sighting spurs name campaign Sep 5, 2017 - LEESBURG ' A mom and baby manatee sighting in the Harris Chain of Lakes has sea-cow watchers wondering if Leesburg the manatee is a mom.
Manatee rescued from Leesburg returns after rehab Aug 18, 2017 - LEESBURG ' Wildlife experts think a female manatee that has called the Harris Chain of Lakes home for more than a year has given birth to a calf here.It could be the first of its kind to be born in Lake County.
Florida beachgoers help rescue stranded manatees Aug 3, 2017 - A group of beachgoers and firefighters in Clearwater Beach got up close and personal while rescuing three manatees that washed ashore on Wednesday.
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DNR provides information about migrating manatees Jun 21, 2017 - As manatees return to their summer haunts along the coast, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) biologists are reminding residents and visitors to be particularly alert while boating and to report sightings of these gentle giants online.
Manatees and more on tap this summer Jun 9, 2017 - Manatee Lagoon ' An FPL Eco Discovery Center has quite the summer planned. Want to know just what's available? Head on down on Sunday to see a preview.
Marvelous manatees* May 16, 2017 - Manatees, those gentle giants with flat, paddle-shaped tails, have inspired the legends of mermaids. We are fortunate that our very own island of Trinidad is the home of these amazing animals also known as sea cows.
Manatees off Endangered Species List, Scientists Concerned Apr 1, 2017 - The manatee has finally been removed from the U.S. endangered species list after almost 45 years, but some are arguing this isn't news to celebrate ' and that it may actually hurt the animal's chances of survival.
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Manatees Divide a Florida Community Mar 27, 2017 - Crystal River has had to balance efforts to protect the mammals with the interests of property and business owners
Manatee body hair is really, really sensitive, scientists say Mar 22, 2017 - A new study including Mote Marine Laboratory's resident manatees indicates that the marine mammals' body whiskers are almost as sensitive as their facial whiskers in analyzing their underwater surroundings and detecting vibrations in the water.
Fewer Florida hard freezes could benefit invasive species Jan 16, 2017 - Mangroves and manatees will flourish in a Florida with fewer hard freezes, but a warmer world could crimp other critters while benefiting invasive creatures less kind to native wildlife, as well as humans.
Forgotten Mermaids Jan 5, 2017 - The gentle manatee is now considered by many as "threatened," not "endangered." But is the sea cow's proposed status downgrade a good thing?
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Alligator swims peacefully with manatees at Blue Spring Jan 5, 2017 - Since manatees have no natural predators, it's not scary at all to see an alligator swimming in their midst. That's what a web camera captured Friday at Blue Spring. An alligator floated on the crystal water as manatees swam and grazed below.
Manatee Center program to focus on spoil islands Jan 4, 2017 - The program will be presented by Ezra Appel and James Burke of Friends of Spoil Islands, a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of the spoil islands.
Chilly St. Johns sends manatees to Blue Spring Nov 23, 2016 - While local malls and stores are likely to be busy on Friday, Blue Spring State Park also expects to see an attendance upsurge as word begins to spread that the park's most famous visitors ' its manatees — have begun returning in larger numbers.
Time for Action at Three Sisters Springs Nov 16, 2016 - Without action from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this warm, welcome respite for manatees could be threatened by tourism
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Pregnant manatee to be moved Tuesday Oct 13, 2016 - A pregnant Florida manatee pulled from waters off Falmouth in September and currently under the care of Mystic Aquarium staff will be moved Tuesday to SeaWorld Orlando, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Charles Underwood.
Manatee likely to head south in 2 weeks Sep 30, 2016 - A pregnant manatee transported last week from Nantucket Sound to a temporary home at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut will likely leave for Florida within the next two weeks, aquarium spokeswoman Dale Wolbrink said Wednesday
Mom and daughter manatees returned to Florida waters Jun 24, 2016 - The two manatees, nicknamed Shamrock and Emerald, were cared for at the Lowry Park Zoo. The calf, Emerald, was still dependent on her mother, who suffered a boat-strike injury.
Florida Boaters May Pose Hazards to Rebounding Sea Cows May 30, 2016 - Florida manatee populations are increasing, according to a team of researchers, which means that holiday and summer boaters must mind the manatee zone signs to avoid harming these gentle giants
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Revival in the number of manatees in St. Johns River May 29, 2016 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla.'A new survey conducted by Jacksonville University researchers shows there's a revival in the number of manatees in the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway.
SFWMD hopes touchless manatee detectors will curb deaths May 21, 2016 - While manatee populations have been increasing, it's more likely the state's improved monitoring and recording explains the growing death toll, said district spokesman Randy Smith.
22,000+ comment on proposal to re-list manatees as threatened Apr 17, 2016 - TAMPA ' The federal proposal to scrub the West Indian manatee from the endangered species list received 22,606 emailed comments from the public, with more than 20,000 coming in the final two weeks of the comment period.
Senator Nelson speaks out about manatee reclassification Apr 8, 2016 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Senator Bill Nelson is urging federal fish and wildlife officials to keep the Florida manatee listed as an endangered species. In January, the agency proposed reclassifying the manatee's status from endangered to threatened
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Seasonal manatee slow-zones in effect April 1-Nov. 15 in Florida Apr 2, 2016 - From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft. FWC law enforcement officers will be on patrol in state waters.
Editorial: If we err, let's do it on the side off the manatee Mar 31, 2016 - Depending upon your point of view, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has either (a.) 'proposed” or (b.) “threatened” — to remove the West Indian Manatee from its endangered species list.
SeaWorld opens manatee center to public Mar 31, 2016 - The Manatee Rehabilitation Center is a behind-the-scenes look into the area where SeaWorld Orlando Care teams have spent five decades rescuing sick, injured or lost animals.
US wildlife officials to soon decide on manatee status Mar 28, 2016 - TAMPA - A proposal to drop the state's signature sea mammal from the endangered species list may come down to science versus public opinion.
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In Florida, calls to keep 'saving the manatees' Mar 22, 2016 - For decades, manatees have been celebrated and protected by environmentalists and celebrities alike, earning the title of the official state marine mammal of Florida and the admiration of celebrities like singer Jimmy Buffett, who co-founded the popular non-profit Save the Manatee Club in 1981.
The Manatee's Number One Enemy – Watercraft Strikes! Mar 9, 2016 - The faster a boat goes, the more force is applied to a strike. For instance, the force of a strike at 30 miles per hour is four times that of a strike at 15 miles per hour, all other factors being equal. If a watercraft strikes a manatee in the head, such as while the animal is taking a breath, the animal may die immediately.
Advocate: Manatees still at risk Feb 23, 2016 - The future of one of Florida's iconic species was in the spotlight Saturday in Orlando when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a hearing on the agency's proposal to "downlist" the West Indian manatee's federal status from endangered to threatened.
Cold manatee rescued from Three Sisters Springs Feb 18, 2016 - CITRUS COUNTY - Visitors to Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River Monday afternoon got to witness a manatee rescue. The sea cow was suffering from hypothermia. Ivan Vicente, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the manatee was also very underweight.
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Manatees flock to 72-degree springs to escape cold Feb 12, 2016 - CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) - Like most sensible creatures, manatees - the sea cows that live in the waters around Florida - seek warmth when it's cold. On Thursday morning, roughly 500 of the gentle, aquatic giants crowded into the Three Sisters Springs as temperatures along Florida's Gulf Coast dipped below 50 degrees.
SeaWorld may soon open its backstage manatee rehab facility to the public Feb 11, 2016 - SeaWorld as a whole has been attempting to bring awareness to their numerous conservation efforts. The entertainment company has been a leader in animal rehab and conservation for decades, but many of those efforts are unknown by the general public.
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