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Aerial survey shows increasing manatee count

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Florida manatees are thriving during this warm, sunny winter. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) count found the highest number of sea cows since 1991 and the third straight year of a minimum count greater than 6,000 during its annual flyover of popular manatee spots. A team of 15 observers from 10 organizations counted 3,488 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 3,132 on the west coast of the state during the aerial survey. That top’s last year’s county…

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Manatees flock to 72-degree springs to escape cold

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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. “They’re basically chilling in the springs sleeping,” said Ivan Vincente, visitor services specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. “They’re spending the vast majority of…

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