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Cold contributes to mass die-off of manatees
Palm Beach Post ^ | Jan. 26, 2010 | Paul Quinlan

Posted on 03/17/2010 5:37:53 PM PDT by Brilliant

The New Year's cold snap devastated the state's manatee population, with more than 100 carcasses showing up in state waters in the first three weeks of 2010...

Biologists report that the big chill — which brought the coldest 12-day period South Florida has seen since at least 1940 — inflicted mortal cold stress on an unprecedented scale, killing at least 77 of the 107 dead manatees found as of Jan. 23, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The number of cold stress deaths exceeded the previous single-year record of 56, set last year.

The manatees join the untold millions of fish that went belly-up from Florida Bay to Tampa Bay and the hundreds of sea turtles that bobbed to waters' surface in frozen shock from this year's cold weather...

Researchers say the cold likely contributed to the deaths of several newborn manatees as well.

The death toll is expected to rise as biologists continue to work extended hours pulling carcasses from state waters and performing necropsies, the wildlife commission said. The rate should slow as temperatures warm.

The news comes a week after scientists reported that the cold weather had resulted in annual statewide manatee count that broke all previous records. The sea cow survey counted 5,067 across Florida, smashing the previous record of 3,802 set in 2009, as scientists found the manatees especially easy to spot huddled near sources of warm water, such as the power plant outfalls.

At the Florida Power & Light's power plant in Riviera Beach, hundreds of manatees huddled throughout the cold spell in an inlet about two-thirds the size of football field, where warm water poured from discharge pipes. The crowd of sea cows was so thick "you could probably walk across them," as Palm Beach County's environmental director observed...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: agw; climategate; cold; globalwarming; gore; manatee; manatees; massdying; wildlife

Coldest winter here in FL in decades. Wonder if this picture of dying Florida manatees will get as much media attention as the phony polar bear photos.

1 posted on 03/17/2010 5:37:53 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant
Oh, the hugh manatee...


2 posted on 03/17/2010 5:39:40 PM PDT by jessduntno (A third party has risen; we have the Republicans, the Tea Party and the Deemocrats.)
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To: jessduntno

...sorry...


3 posted on 03/17/2010 5:40:31 PM PDT by jessduntno (A third party has risen; we have the Republicans, the Tea Party and the Deemocrats.)
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To: Brilliant
"The New Year's cold snap devastated the state's manatee population, with more than 100 carcasses showing up in state waters in the first three weeks of 2010..."

Oh, the Earth is so cruel! It's not fair!

4 posted on 03/17/2010 5:43:23 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: StormEye

Darn that global warming...


5 posted on 03/17/2010 5:44:09 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: Brilliant

It’s sure “lookin’ good” for those Polar bears though. LOL! Another typical envirowacko screwup. Those morons can’t do anything right.


6 posted on 03/17/2010 5:46:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (How much did your congressmen's vote go for? Mine got two bits. Her going price.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
“It’s sure “lookin’ good” for those Polar bears though.”

I've often wondered if anyone bothered to ask the Polar bears if they really like all the *#@$ing ice and snow?

7 posted on 03/17/2010 5:50:38 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: Brilliant
The news comes a week after scientists reported that the cold weather had resulted in annual statewide manatee count that broke all previous records. The sea cow survey counted 5,067 across Florida, smashing the previous record of 3,802 set in 2009, as scientists found the manatees especially easy to spot huddled near sources of warm water, such as the power plant outfalls.

The Earth is a very cold place, sometimes, for 10,000 years or so, we have warming periods. We are at the end of the last warming period. 12,000 years ago the Great Lakes were glaciers. The manatees are a dying species.....I'll let you speculate on New England.....

8 posted on 03/17/2010 5:51:25 PM PDT by ScreamingFist
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To: Brilliant

I think the enviromentalist scum also forced power plant companies to cool the clean water they used to cool the power plants. The manatees in the winter would stay close to the power plants cooling ponds and canals to stay warm.

I guess this winter they had no place to go.


9 posted on 03/17/2010 5:52:06 PM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Brilliant

Totally useless blubber, no loss!


10 posted on 03/17/2010 5:52:20 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Frantzie

I am suprised the FPL plant in Riviera Beach was able to keep the warm water going. I thought other plants were forced to cool the water.


11 posted on 03/17/2010 5:53:18 PM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Ronin

Warm globally, cool locally!/s


12 posted on 03/17/2010 5:59:07 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Brilliant

If only one more grandparent had turned off their A/C last summer and had died, one more giant sea slug would have lived.

If they could leap out to the water with a girl on their nose someone might care.

/s


13 posted on 03/17/2010 5:59:17 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: Brilliant

Man, that’s a lot of manatee steaks. Should go well with the fried dolphin. ;-)

Amazing though, isn’t? 100 dead manatees and because of the weather they counted more manatees than they ever knew existed.


14 posted on 03/17/2010 6:04:22 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Alfred E. Neuman for President! Oh, wait a minute ...)
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To: dalereed

They are not useless blubber. Old crackers will tell you that the manatee has lots of really good meat.


15 posted on 03/17/2010 6:06:07 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: ExpatGator
... Pass the Gravy
16 posted on 03/17/2010 6:21:29 PM PDT by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: Brilliant

Glowbull Warming froze the hugh manatees.


17 posted on 03/17/2010 6:26:01 PM PDT by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: Brilliant
Don't tell me. Algore has been living in Florida since the Copenhagen disaster.
18 posted on 03/17/2010 6:26:31 PM PDT by Mobties (A)
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To: jessduntno

I’m worried. I was here to post the exact same comment. It is a natural, I am ashamed to say. I kind of glad you beat me to it.
Was in Florida during that time. Never took off my New England windbreaker, flannel shirts, sweater, hat and gloves. Came back to Providence to warm up. 12 degrees at T F Green airport was MORE NATURAL than the 28 degrees at West Palm airport, and “felt” warmer.


19 posted on 03/17/2010 6:27:17 PM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

...I apologized in #3...it worries me, too...


20 posted on 03/17/2010 6:29:59 PM PDT by jessduntno (A third party has risen; we have the Republicans, the Tea Party and the Deemocrats.)
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To: dalereed
Totally useless blubber, no loss!

Manatees have almost no body fat which is what makes them susceptible to the cold. Their body shape is due to their huge lungs.

21 posted on 03/17/2010 6:38:08 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: dalereed
Totally useless blubber, no loss!

(In my best Cliff from "Cheers" voice ...) Actually, they make excellent bean bag chairs! ;^) Well, that ... and there isn't blubber on manatees. They're plant eaters, vegans, sea cows; they eat no fat and are pretty much all muscle, which is why they sink to the bottom when they rest. It's also why they're dying from the cold: they have no blubber to keep them warm.

A walrus or a seal or a sea lion or a dolphin, on the other hand, eats fish and gets lots of fat in their diets. Their fat serves the dual purpose of giving them buoyancy, and insulation from the cold.

22 posted on 03/17/2010 6:45:35 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent.)
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To: Brilliant

One wonders: “Where was PETA?” They should have been out there with tents & electric blankets and all that other stuff. Do they really Care?

PETA should be out there demonstrating for power plants to warm up the water for the sea cows.


23 posted on 03/17/2010 6:55:51 PM PDT by Bhoy
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To: left that other site

ping


24 posted on 03/17/2010 7:00:58 PM PDT by opus86
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To: Brilliant

The Tropical Plants around here are all dying too. Beautiful Royal Palm trees just losing all their fronds. It’s so cold at night.


25 posted on 03/17/2010 7:04:59 PM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: Brilliant

THAT’S NO MANATEE! THAT’S BARNEY FRANK ON VACATION!!!


26 posted on 03/17/2010 7:19:48 PM PDT by BILLNHILL MAKE ME ILL (Onward thru the smoke, mirrors, and B.S....)
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To: Frantzie
These are some of the manatees in the canal near a power station in Apollo Beach (near Tampa).

The day we were there (end of Feb.) it was pretty cool and there were hundreds of manatees hanging out in the warmer water there.

27 posted on 03/17/2010 7:27:52 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Congratulations UVM Catamounts - Going to the Big Dance!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Wow. Thanks for posting. They are really neat and gentle creatures.


28 posted on 03/17/2010 7:44:11 PM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

This is “Florida cold.” I think it is just a damp cold. When it is 60 F in FL it is like 50 or 45 F up north.


29 posted on 03/17/2010 7:46:34 PM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Brilliant
At the Florida Power & Light's power plant in Riviera Beach, hundreds of manatees huddled throughout the cold spell in an inlet about two-thirds the size of football field, where warm water poured from discharge pipes.

I'm waiting for Al Gore or Jim Hansen to say -- "Shut down those fossil powered steam plants that need to use our waters and we can make sure all the Manatees die off. Wind and Solar don't need cooling and screw the Manatees -- we have to save the Earth."

30 posted on 03/17/2010 8:36:27 PM PDT by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Brilliant

I’m actually sorry to hear this.

Sure hope the lefties can cool the planet down. /s

Manitee, meet insanitee...


31 posted on 03/17/2010 11:17:53 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (If we as Republicans can't clean up our house, who can or will? Just say no to MeCain(D).)
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To: Ditto

Exactly. All those school children who were weeping because the polar bears would drown, should be told about how AlGore froze the manatees with his carbon hysteria.


32 posted on 03/17/2010 11:33:50 PM PDT by giotto
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