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Manatee fatally struck in Fisherman’s Channel

A dead manatee found Friday morning in Fisherman’s Channel sparked rumors that this weekend’s boat show was to blame, but with no witnesses to the crime to say otherwise, experts say that’s probably not the case. The adult male manatee was found early Friday in Fisherman’s Channel, between Dodge Island and Fisher Island. Boat show…

Public weighs in on manatees’ ‘endangered’ status

ORLANDO — A dispute more than a decade in the making over whether Florida’s manatees should still be considered “endangered” continued Saturday in a hotel ballroom in Orlando. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsored its one and only public hearing on changing their status from endangered to threatened after 49 years, drawing more than…

Cold snap helps researchers study manatees

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The recent cool temperatures in Southwest Florida have manatees gathering in the hundreds at Manatee Park, taking refuge in the warm waters discharged from the Florida Power & Light plant. The park and FPL plant are across from each other on State Route 80, just east of I-75 in Lee County. “When Gulf temperatures…

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Florida Manatee

Florida manatee (present in Kings Bay and Crystal River NWR year-round, but highest aggregation November – March = approx. 600 manatees vs. summer months = approx. 30 manatees). The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) is a subspecies of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus). These aquatic mammals have elongated round bodies that taper to…