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The Manatees staying warm in FL

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I went last year to see these precious gentle, lumbering, giant herbivores of the sea. They have had an especially hard year as somewhere between 600-700 lost their lives in 2013, the most ever on record. Between fast moving boats (they can't get out of the way quick enough) and cold waters and mostly Red Tide that is detrimental to them, the poor things are losing their lives.

They head for warm waters near the Power Plant in Apollo Beach in FL. The water is around 70-75 and they know they can stay there until the waters around the area warm up. The Plant is about 35 minutes north of me on the Interstate and people come to just stand and gaze at the sweet animals, many with young in tow. They're in the news now, as the winter is especially cold this year, even for Florida, and the Mantees have been coming into the area in great numbers.

I've posted the site, which I believe has a webcam (not that there's much action - LOL).



www.tampaelectric.com/co
mpany/mvc/


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GOOZLEBEAR 1/8/2014 10:26PM

    Nancy, thanks for posting this. I love these sweet animals and always love watching them. emoticon

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IMAREADER 1/8/2014 10:08PM

    I was just thinking today at work that I would love to take a trip down to Sanibel Island during my spring break from work. The last time I went down there, I stopped by Crystal Springs (I think that was where it was) on my way back north along the coast to see the manatees there. I loved to watch them munching on their veggies while swimming around. I still have a little pewter manatee Christmas ornament that I put on my tree every year. I had read about the ones that come up to the power plant, but I've never gone to see them. I'll have to check out the webcam.

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EABL81 1/8/2014 8:43PM

    I've heard about this place! Thank you for posting this, Nancy. Obviously I can't see anything with the camera right now (it's a bit dark outside emoticon ), but I'll check back again.

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LEW0213 1/8/2014 8:37PM

    Very interesting, Nancy. Thanks for posting this. I remember seeing them years ago when we would go to visit my in-laws in Florida. Hugs, Linda

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GAYLLYNNE 1/8/2014 4:57PM

    It's so sad we are losing so many of them. They seem so sweet and unassuming. I would love to see one!

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JEANNETTE59 1/8/2014 3:24PM

  As well as being cute, these gentle giants are an important link in the eco-chain. Thanks for the great post emoticon

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APHRODIDTE 1/8/2014 2:42PM

    I read a book to my class when I was teaching reading, it was all about Manatees. Thanks for the cute picture, and story.

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BATCHICK 1/8/2014 12:36PM

    I love manatees, thay are so CUTE!
Thanks for posting.

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MILLISMA 1/8/2014 10:26AM

    Nancy,

For some reason my family has always been intrigued by the manatees. A couple years ago, my kids and their spouses spent a week in FL and got to swim with them. Made there vacation so specials. Thanks for this post and I'm going to send them the link!!!

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