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16% of Florida's Manatees Died Last Year

Deaths in Florida waters pass 800 for first time

(Newser) - Last year's 829 Florida manatee deaths—a figure that doesn't include December, UPI notes—is more than double the number that died in 2012, according to one conservation group. Another organization, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, put the 2013 figure at 803. Either way, it's... More »

Florida to Manatee Killer: No More Boat

Nursing mother killed in high-speed collision

(Newser) - A Florida man became the second person in nearly 40 years to be convicted of killing a manatee yesterday, after a neighbor caught him in the act. Joseph Miata Jr, 62, hit the unfortunate sea cow while blasting through a manatee refuge at a recklessly high speed, the St. Petersburg ... More »

Wandering Manatee Safe in Fla.

'Ilya' had gotten as far as CT, rescued near refinery in NJ

(Newser) - Ilya, a 10-foot, 1,100-pound manatee spotted in Connecticut waters 2 weeks ago, is safely recuperating at a Florida aquarium before being released back into the wild. Ilya was rescued 2 days ago wallowing in the warm discharge of a New Jersey oil refinery, but neither that nor his prolonged... More »

Manatee Poo Forces Fla. Beach Closing

'It was disgusting, but mystifying,' one resident says

(Newser) - A Florida beach has reopened after a deluge of manatee poo forced it to close. Vero Beach city employees spent hours burying what may have been a mile-long stretch of dung. Environmental officials blamed the mess on unusual wind patterns. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’... More »

Lost Manatee Dies on Trip Home

Rescue goes awry an hour from Sea World

(Newser) - A one-eyed stranded manatee who had been rescued from the cold waters off Cape Cod died just an hour before reaching what was to be his new home in Sea World, Florida. The manatee, dubbed Dennis after turning up in the Massachusetts harbor of East Dennis, died while he was... More »

Wrong-Way Manatee Heads Home to Fla.

Saved from icy Cape Cod waters, 'Dennis' sets off on truck trip

(Newser) - Animal experts staged a dramatic rescue in Cape Cod yesterday, pulling ashore a juvenile 1,000-pound manatee and hauling it into a moving van bound for Florida, the Cape Cod Times reports. “Things went as well as we could have hoped for,” a rescuer told the Boston Globe,... More »

Help's on Way for Cape Cod Manatee

One-eyed giant stranded in chilly waters for four days

(Newser) - A 1,000-pound manatee, with one eye and an injured flipper, has been stranded for four days off the sleepy Cape Cod harbor town of Dennis, and its chances of returning to warmer waters without help appear slim, reports the Cape Cod Times. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will... More »

Fla. Marlins Call For Big-Bellied Cheerleaders

Because baseball needs more plus-size guys jumping around

(Newser) - The Florida Marlins are currently holding tryouts for new male cheerleaders—the chubbier, the better. Though the Marlins already have lean pompom girls rooting on the sidelines, the AP reports, they're looking to create a rotund 10-man squad called the Manatees to boost record-low attendance at home games. But these... More »

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