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Manatees in Florida are swimming out of the cold waters in the Gulf of Mexico to find warmer places, like springs and power plant discharge canals.
A record number of newborn manatee carcasses were recovered by Florida researchers last year, state wildlife officials said. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented 337 manatee carcasses in state waters in 2008.
Efforts to protect Manatees in Florida have not worked, possibly because the sea cows could be hard of hearing, a researcher says. The Sunshine State has created manatee safety zones and slow wake waterways designed to protect them, but the sea mammals repeatedly get in the paths of boats and are slashed by propellers. Florida Atlantic University researcher Edmund Gerstein has measured the hearing abilities of manatees for 17 years, trying to understand why manatees get in the way of boats,...
By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jun. 16--Florida's wildlife managers are contemplating a fresh approach to the difficult business of deciding whether the West Indian manatee and dozens of other critters are endangered or threatened: Let somebody else do it -- namely, the federal government.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Yorkers are known to head south to vacation, but at least one Floridian had an urge to come north to see the big city. Marine preservationists said a manatee had swam up the Hudson River past Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and then 100 miles upstate.
Manatee deaths jumped by a third in January compared with the same month last year, but exactly what killed half the animals remains unknown, state wildlife officials said.
The African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is thought to be similar to the West Indian manatee. Its other common names include the seacow and the West African manatee. It is native to Africa, specifically Senegal to Angola and West Africa. Its range also includes Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ghana, among other regions. They can live in many water habitats including freshwater, oceans, brackish water, and lagoons. However, they will not live anywhere with a temperature...