Skip to comments.Endangered Florida manatees die in record numbers from nearly two-week cold snap
Posted on 01/26/2010 12:18:12 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo
More than 100 manatees have been found dead in Florida waters since the beginning of the year, mostly victims of a nearly two-week cold snap.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the preliminary cause of death for 77 of the endangered animals is cold stress. They were found from Jan. 1 through Jan. 23.
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I heard manatee tastes just like chicken. With unemployment rates high and food prices high maybe . . .
We now know that the unrelenting onslaught of greedy American consumerism and unchecked capitalism is the cause of global warming, which, coincidentally, often causes unchecked periods of global cooling! Oh! The HugeManatee!!!!
Obviously, the manatees need more Gorebull warming not cooling!
We insist on propogating them....and God says “And you need all of them why???”
A socialist deception where Polar Bears thrive and tropical Manatees freeze to death (and hypothermic iguanas fall out of the trees!).
The greatest fraud in the history of science.
Hey, hold up. I have been swimming with th Manatee’s since I was a little kid, and so have my kids.
If this global cooling thing is going to mess with them, BURN MORE OIL!
More like possum.
All that chub and they can’t deal with a few minutes of Jack Frost?
I’m surprised it took seven posts, but thank you. There are still rules around here. ;-)
Beat you to it...only no picture...
on the count of 3: FIRE UP THOSE HUMMERS
Since you mention it...
Manatee meat has a mild taste and readily adapts to recipes for beef. Choice cuts of meat, primarily the tail and peduncle, can be used in any recipe. The body and flipper meat, with just a little extra preparation and special recipes, can be just as tasty. I recommend cubing the less-tender cuts for extra tenderness or pounding steaks with a meat mallet.
Regardless of what cut of manatee meat you are using, all fat and sinew must be removed before freezing or preparing. Even the yellowish fat between the layers should be removed. When using flipper or body meat, we recommend removing the white tendons and vessels as well.
Manatee meat has been successfully frozen for over a year. This was done by removing all fat, wrapping well in cellophane and then again in freezer paper. Manatee meat can be tenderized in several different ways. Some restaurants run each piece of meat through a cubing machine. Other restauranteurs recommend pounding each peice of manatee with a meat mallet until thin, usually about one inch. All restaurants recommend cutting manatee meat across the grain for a more tender piece of meat.
Body and flipper meat cuts are excellent choices for burgers, casseroles, ground meat, soups and stews. Peduncle and tail meat work well for roasts, steaks and barbecue.
Regardless of which cut of meat you use, you will find manatee to be a very delicious and versatile meat. It is also low in fat, making it a great item for the calorie conscious person.
Ok...Manatee’s are neat animals....
But Geez....are they the most perishable mammals on the planet? It was cold but with their fat and ability to generate their own body heat.......plus water temps didn’t change that much.....
Things that just make you go Huh....
Yeah, if manatees could vote, I bet they would vote FOR global warming...
Yeah, I bet it’s a delicacy in Japan or Thailand. Probably more people died in the state of Florida than manatees from different causes but . . . . I guess the media has to have priorities.
I heard manatee tastes just like chicken.
More like possum.
While edible, you would have to be real hungry to try eat one. The meat is described as skunky.
Calling Doctor Gore, calling Doctor Gore.
I am suprise took 7 posts LOL!
Not if you live in my part of Florida and the enviro-goons, feds and the sentimental ninnies who enable them have put the clampdown on your area because of these useless creatures.
Moratoriums on dock building. Speed limits that make a formerly 15 minute ride into the gulf into 3 hour trek. Ridiculous building regulations and property rights restrictions. Enormous amounts of taxpayer money wasted. License plates etc.
Worst part is that this is an exotic species not native to the U.S. that should receive NO federal protection whatsoever.
It's too bad that every single one of them didn't turn into a block of ice and float off into the Wild Blue Yonder. We'd all be better for it.
Evolution has been trying to clean up that mistake for a long time, but we keep playing God. And yes, the irony in that statement was intentional.
From Bay News 9
The commission, which conducts a count every January, said this year’s numbers beat last year’s by more than 1,200.
The preliminary count totaled 5,067 manatees statewide. A team of 21 observers from 10 organizations counted 2,779 manatees on Florida’s East Coast and 2,288 on the West Coast
Surveyors said they’re glad the manatee population is stable — even growing — in most parts of the state.
“Counting this many manatees is wonderful news,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. “The high count this year shows that our long-term conservation efforts are working.”
Maybe the polar bears displaced from the Arctic by global warming have moved to now cold Florida and are eating the manatees. In any event its all Bush’s fault and clearly a heaven sent sign of the truth of the global warming dogma of St. Algore.
Well, at least there won’t be so many getting killed from getting hit by boats. What? someone had to say it.
“plus water temps didnt change that much.....”
are you kidding? The temps in the Gulf got down into the 40’s and 50’s around Tampa Bay
“Worst part is that this is an exotic species not native to the U.S. that should receive NO federal protection whatsoever”
sorry, but you are wrong they are a native species