CNN caught my attention yesterday when it reported that 280 or more manatees have died this year due to the unusually cold weather we've had in Florida. On very cold days, these gentle creatures are normally found huddled in warm water refuges - water discharged from electric plants, with temperatures around 78 degrees. You can see manatees at the Tampa Electric Plant in Riverview, 20 minutes south of Tampa. The Manatee Viewing Center is open from Nov 1 to Apr 15, and admission is free.
|Manatees at Tampa Electric Plant|
Further south in Marathon, manatees are known to drink water from boats, as you can see in the video below. Hopefully, this week's cold spell is not as damaging as the last.
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