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Manatees flock to plant's warmer waters (Florida)
MyFox 13 Tampa Bay ^ | Jan 5, 2014 | By: FOX 13 Staff

Posted on 01/09/2014 5:08:48 PM PST by Islander7

APOLLO BEACH (FOX 13) -

With temperatures dropping in both the air and the water, dozens of manatees have returned to one of their favorite spots for the winter: The warm waters of the TECO power plant in Apollo Beach.

At least 100 manatees were visible Saturday in the canal alongside the Big Bend facility, where discharge saltwater from the power plant warms the water to summer-like temperatures.

According to TECO, the manatees begin to arrive when water temperatures in the bay drop below 68 degrees. Thermometers on the site indicated the bay was at about 65 degrees this weekend, but the waters neat the plant's outflow pipes was 80 degrees or warmer.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxtampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: florida; globalwarming; manatee; nature

Lots and lots of pictures at the link.


1 posted on 01/09/2014 5:08:48 PM PST by Islander7
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To: Islander7
Someone has to do this. It might as well be me...


2 posted on 01/09/2014 5:12:25 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Islander7

Watching to see who will be the first to say it. Not me. Not me.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 5:12:42 PM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

ROFL


4 posted on 01/09/2014 5:13:08 PM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Islander7

10 years ago I went to Crystal River and swam with the manatees in February. It is difficult to explain the experience. Amazing.

LOL, all of us looked like human manatees (or whales) in our wet suits except for one rather well built girl about 18-20.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 5:13:12 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Islander7

Some of those fish don’t look like manatees!


6 posted on 01/09/2014 5:14:03 PM PST by Ken522
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To: Islander7

About 3 miles from my house.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 5:15:11 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Islander7; martin_fierro

8 posted on 01/09/2014 5:17:50 PM PST by abb
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To: Islander7
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9 posted on 01/09/2014 5:18:54 PM PST by abb
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To: Islander7

Seeking warmer waters? Nonsense, everyone knows the planet is heating up uncontrollably due to coal, Dodge Durangos, and incandescent light bulbs..


10 posted on 01/09/2014 5:26:47 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: Islander7

I see the prop scar on that one. Now that the Manatees have gotten used to the warm water the EPA will shut down the plant and the Manatees will probably die.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 5:41:53 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Islander7

I assume this plant is still coal fired...was in the 70s when I was a TECO customer, living in south Tampa...those folks across the bay in St. Pete took a hit in those days...Florida Power...fuel oil...


12 posted on 01/09/2014 5:46:13 PM PST by sternup
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To: MestaMachine

Okay. Maybe not first but, manatee steaks. Eagle chicken wings. It could go on and on..............


13 posted on 01/09/2014 5:49:18 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Almost 50 years ago my best friend and I were walking along the Galt Ocean Mile shore line in Fort Lauderdale.

Suddenly, from behind us, swimming north, a huge manatee swims by like 20 feet off shore.

We jumped in the water and swam next to it for about a minute.

He (she) made eye contact with both us, which was really cool.

Still makes me feel sad, though.

I don't think a manatee can survive in the open ocean like that.

I suspect it looks like a giant ham sandwich to barracuda and other coastal predators.

I have no idea where it came from.

We have no manatees in Fort Lauderdale that I know about, either in the ocean or in the Intracoastal Waterway.

14 posted on 01/09/2014 5:57:04 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Actually, I used to date a manatee. But I had to go into the world and do noble things for the good of all. And she could not come because she didn’t speak French.

Sort of sad, in a way.....


15 posted on 01/09/2014 5:57:28 PM PST by PlateOfShrimp
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To: Islander7

Beer Fried manatee

1 lb manatee
flour

Trim meat and cut into finger sized pieces. Soak pieces in beer overnight. Drain. Deep fat fry until golden brown.


17 posted on 01/09/2014 6:46:48 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Islander7

That place is wonderful! We go there about 4 times when it’s open.


18 posted on 01/09/2014 6:49:50 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014theyearofdeadRINOs)
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To: Islander7
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19 posted on 01/09/2014 7:10:37 PM PST by digger48
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To: Islander7

My in laws live very close to the plant. I have taken my kids there many times. Besides manatees, you’ll see snook, tarpon, redfish, bonnet head sharks, lemon sharks and cobia.

Very cool.


20 posted on 01/09/2014 7:46:21 PM PST by representativerepublic (...loose lips, sink ships)
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To: PlateOfShrimp

I know. I ended up taking her to the ball in your stead.


21 posted on 01/09/2014 8:03:38 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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