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  • VIDEO: Fast Swimming Manatee Recorded Underwater by Freeper with Amazing Beginner's Luck

    04/01/2016 5:30:08 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 1, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    Beginner's Luck. It was my first time using my GoPro+ LCD camera with the head band. I was in a salt water creek at Mile Marker 81.8 in the Florida Keys at Islamorada. Shortly after entering the water this big manatee came shooting past me like a torpedo. Normally manatees swim 3 to 5 mph but this manatee was travelling at least 20 mph, perhaps because he was taking advantage of a very strong current. After the first view at normal speed, you will see the manatee slowed down to 15% speed, and finally you will see the scene again...
  • Record 6,250 Manatees Spotted in Florida Waters

    02/28/2016 3:15:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    AFP via Discovery News ^ | Feb 26, 2016 08:55 AM ET
    The number of manatees in the waters around Florida have reached a new peak of at least 6,250, conservationists said Thursday, a record reflecting years of efforts to protect the marine mammals. The count is up slightly from the 6,063 spotted last year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement, citing results from surveys conducted by 11 organizations. Last month, the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed downgrading the manatee's status from endangered, a designation given to species on the brink of extinction, to threatened. ...
  • Swimmer terrified by manatee in lake (Oh, the hugh manatee}VIDEO

    04/09/2015 11:22:49 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    WOKV ^ | 04/09/15 | Darrell Moody
    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Manatees have been spotted in Lake County. The story made headlines this week here in central Florida and all over the world.
  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    08/29/2014 3:22:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 5:09 AM EDT | Jennifer Kay
    As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild. Florida’s manatees need even more stringent protections than their listing on the federal endangered species list, Groff said, adding that boaters should go elsewhere if they don't like speed limits in waters where manatees swim. […] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing...
  • Manatees flock to plant's warmer waters (Florida)

    01/09/2014 5:08:48 PM PST · by Islander7 · 20 replies
    MyFox 13 Tampa Bay ^ | Jan 5, 2014 | By: FOX 13 Staff
    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,...
  • Target dress apology: 'Manatee gray' plus-size dress vanishes (Oh the huge Manatee)

    04/05/2013 8:47:02 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 5, 2013, 7:59 a.m. | Amy Hubbard
    Target has apologized for referring to its "plus-size kimono maxi dress" as manatee gray. This is a mammal, after all, that is sometimes referred to as a sea cow. An irritated shopper tweeted what many saw as an insult. Regular sizes were "dark heather gray," but the plus size got the "manatee" label. It didn't take long for Target to zap the plus-size gaffe from its website and issue an apology. A spokeswoman told on Thursday the retailer was sorry for "any discomfort" and never intended to offend. Spokeswoman Jessica Deede noted that this color was "seasonal" at Target,...
  • Manatee death toll rises in Florida even as toxic algae ebbs (Red Tide victims)

    TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - A deadly algae bloom that killed a record number of manatees has dissipated, though the death toll for the endangered sea mammals continues to rise, Florida wildlife officials said on Thursday. Red Tide has killed 241 manatees this year as of Wednesday, said Kevin Baxter, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. The figure already surpasses the highest number of Red Tide manatee deaths on record in Florida - 151 in 1996. This year's fatalities from Red Tide will likely continue into the spring because the algae bloom's deadly toxins...
  • Manatee County Sheriff's Office holds first gun buyback since 2009

    03/09/2013 7:21:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 9 March, 2013 | Ashley Jeffery
    The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office joined the ranks of other law enforcement agencies across the Bay area and hosted their first gun buyback since 2009. The sheriff’s office’s goal is to keep unwanted guns off the streets and from being used in a crime. “The last time we did this, back in ’09, we actually got 400 guns,” said Manatee County PIO Dave Bristow. “We hope to get that around that same figure today. They actually got more than that. The Sheriff’s Office paid out approximately $37,950 for a total of 459 firearms, including five assault type weapons.
  • Celestial Wonder Looks Uncannily Like a Manatee

    01/20/2013 8:16:21 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    space ^ | 19 January 2013 | Clara Moskowitz
    A watery-looking nebula in deep space is being renamed after the sea creature it strongly resembles: a manatee. The nebula is the leftovers from a star that died in a supernova explosion about 20,000 years ago. Before it died, the giant star puffed out its outer gaseous layers, which now swirl in green-and-blue clouds around the dead hulk of the star, which has collapsed into a black hole. Known officially as W50, the celestial object is being dubbed the Manatee Nebula by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), during a ceremony today (Jan. 19) at the Florida Manatee Festival in...
  • Fla. Woman Arrested On Charge She Rode Manatee

    11/24/2012 4:12:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Nov 24, 2012
    Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 53, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant Saturday on the charge of violating Florida’s Manatee Sanctuary ActA St. Petersburg woman has been charged with violating Florida law by riding a manatee, authorities said. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 53, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant Saturday on the charge of violating Florida’s Manatee Sanctuary Act. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say she was photographed riding the manatee at Fort De Soto Park in September. On Oct. 2, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a press conference asking for the public's help in identifying the woman. Gutierrez called deputies and allegedly...
  • Wilson the manatee captured by scientists twice since 2010 (Hugh Manatee Alert)

    08/19/2012 12:30:23 PM PDT · by abb · 8 replies
    (Mobile, AL) Press-Register ^ | August 19, 2012 | Ben Raines
    MOBILE, Alabama -- There was something familiar about the manatee hauled onto the back deck of a special manatee-catching boat Wednesday morning in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. It didn’t have any of the telltale propeller scars on its back often used to identify individual manatees. There were no notches or cuts in its giant paddle tail. But as soon as it was caught, the scientists were sure they’d seen the animal before. It turns out, they were right. For the second time since 2010, poor Wilson the manatee found himself snared in a giant net cast by a group of scientists...
  • On Palin: The Politics of Criticism vs. the Politics of Destruction

    06/26/2010 1:15:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 91 replies · 1+ views
    June 26, 2010 | vanity
    It is good to criticize fanaticism, esp. BLIND fanaticism, but be equally weary of the fanatical Palin haters that parade around this site. Regardless of how some mask their true wishes for Palin in "constructive critic" guise, there are plenty of writers and thinkers out there who offer honest critique of Palin while having her and our country's best interests in mind and therefore want her to come out WINNING. Most of the FR trolls who post the latest Palin hit-piece of the day could care less for Palin and take joy everytime she supposedly "falls." To these types, Palin...
  • Gotcha! U.S. Lawmaker Caught Looking At Porn on Senate Floor

    05/05/2010 11:07:24 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,375+ views
    DailyMail (UK) ^ | May 05th 2010
    Gotcha! U.S. Lawmaker Caught Looking At Porn on Senate Floor [Pic in URL] 5th May 2010 Unfortunately for Florida Senator Mike Bennett, that's just not a good enough reason to be looking at pictures of topless women while on the Senate floor. Especially not while using his state-issued computer. And especially not while a colleague is arguing that the law currently being debated is 'disrespectful towards women'. Even if you do get caught in such a situation, you really shouldn't threaten the reporter who ran the story - trust us, it is just going to make matters worse. Scroll down...
  • Cold contributes to mass die-off of manatees

    03/17/2010 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 31 replies · 747+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Jan. 26, 2010 | Paul Quinlan
    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...
  • Wallace: Coulter's speech likely to be lively in Manatee (Hugh Manatee?)

    02/16/2010 11:32:15 AM PST · by Syncro · 9 replies · 604+ views ^ | February 15, 2010 | By Jeremy Wallace
    Wallace: Coulter's speech likely to be lively in Manatee By Jeremy Wallace Published: Monday, February 15, 2010 There's no telling what conservative political analyst Ann Coulter will say when she speaks at the Manatee County Republican Party's Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday. But there's one thing local GOP leader Kathleen King is certain she won't hear: any apologies.Coulter has made a career out of getting under the skin of her adversaries. She has accused 9/11 widows of profiting from their husbands' deaths, declared that liberals don't really love America, and has called for the United States to invade other nations...
  • Saved! Wayward Manatee Back Home

    10/30/2009 7:56:07 AM PDT · by abb · 10 replies · 626+ views
    WNBC ^ | October 30, 2009 | Eric Luu
    A Florida manatee whose exciting yet perilous voyage to the frigid waters of the Northeast that amazed spectators along the Eastern Seaboard is recuperating at the Miami Seaquarium from injuries related to cold stress he suffered from his two-week stay near a Linden, N.J., oil refinery. The rescue, which took nearly eight hours and the help of 30 people, entailed using a large net and Conoco-Phillips johnboats. Rescuers failed capturing it three times, but the fourth time was the charm. Once they got the 1,100-pound, 10-foot-long manatee onto the muddy creek bank, a truck transferred Ilya to an indoor heated...
  • Keys Manatee Missing Near New York

    10/19/2009 9:23:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 640+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Mon, Oct 19, 2009 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Officials haven't seen sea cow since FridayThe South Florida manatee who made news for his 1,200 mile trip from the Keys to NYC is missing in the waters off New Jersey, and officials are worried he may be in trouble. Ilya the manatee was spotted in New York harbor late last week after a month-long trip that began in Key West with stops in Maryland and Massachusetts. Ilya, who was first tagged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 10 years ago, had found a warm place to stay near a refinery in Linden, N.J., and officials were hoping he'd...
  • Breaking: For My Vanity Post Today I Have Donated to FreeRepublic

    10/09/2009 12:39:51 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 16 replies · 719+ views
    Thanks to the Mods for having a sense of humor today.
  • Wayward manatee swimming around harbor(Cape Cod)

    09/14/2009 7:01:49 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 18 replies · 899+ views ^ | 9/12/2009 | CAPE COD TIMES
    EAST DENNIS -- A wayward manatee found its way to Sesuit Harbor this afternoon, the same location where nearly one year ago another manatee thrilled hundreds of onlookers for two weeks.
  • Suncoast man finds manatee-shaped potato

    02/06/2009 3:12:56 AM PST · by Daffynition · 46 replies · 1,896+ views
    WWSB ABC7 ^ | Feb 5, 2009 | unknown
    SARASOTA, FL - A Suncoast man says he has a potato that's shaped like a manatee. Sarasota resident Len Higley tells ABC 7 that he picked the tuber from a bin of loose potatoes at the Publix on Fruitville Road near Honore Avenue. He says that as he sorted through them, that his eyes went right to the potato and immediately thought it looked like one of the endangered vegetarian mammals. Higley purchased the potato a brought it home, but says he's not going to eat it. Putting it on Ebay has crossed his mind, but not sure what he's...
  • More quality reporting from AP

    01/31/2009 7:39:05 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 7 replies · 655+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 1/31/09
  • Manatees mating in local waters (Hugh Manatee Alert)

    06/14/2008 5:56:16 PM PDT · by abb · 35 replies · 1,020+ views
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | June 14, 2008 | Wendy Victoria
    Along the Emerald Coast, it's fairly common to see dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles and other marine animals. But manatees cause more of a stir. That's why Niceville veterinarian Jenny Fortune and her husband were slow to identify what was swimming between them in hip-deep water near Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park recently. "I'm looking at it, going ‘Oh my God, what is it?' " Fortune said. "These things are giant. Your brain just doesn't compute." She said they first thought it might be a large manta ray. They quickly realized that the creature wasn't flat, but very, very...
  • The Surprising Realities of Mythical Creatures

    05/25/2007 2:04:04 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 8 replies · 1,218+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu May 24, 3:15 AM ET | Ker Than
    NEW YORK—While sailing the ocean near Haiti, Christopher Columbus in 1493 reported seeing three mermaids from a distance. The Genoese explorer was not impressed. Up close, the sea maidens were “not as pretty as they are depicted,” he wrote in his journal, “for somehow in the face they look like men.” Many scientists now think that what Columbus probably saw was a manatee, an aquatic mammal that resembles a flippered hippo. In a new exhibition opening at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) here this weekend, viewers can digitally superimpose the picture of a mermaid atop that of a...
  • Manatees Could Lose Endangered Status

    04/09/2007 1:51:43 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 24 replies · 580+ views
    CTV ^ | April 9, 2007 | Associated Press
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it is considering reclassifying the manatee as threatened instead of endangered, a move that would indicate the animal has rebounded from the brink of extinction. The manatee would still remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, making it illegal to harass, poach or kill the animals. A five-year Fish and Wildlife review of manatees is set to be released later this week, agency spokesman Chuck Underwood said. He would not say whether it will recommend the changed status because it is not yet complete. "Even if we propose the reclassification, that...
  • Manatee rescued in warm water from Citgo refinery

    01/04/2007 4:38:24 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 24 replies · 800+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 4, 2007, 6:18PM | AP
    CORPUS CHRISTI — Officials were trying to nurse a manatee back to health in an aquarium today, the day after using a net and crane to hoist it from warm waters near a Citgo refinery. It was the first time one of the endangered animals was rescued by wildlife officials off the Texas coast, far from the warm waters they usually frequent off Florida and Mexico. "I would say it was in probably critical condition," said Allan Strand, field supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in South Texas. "It was not difficult to rescue. It was hugging the...
  • Manatee found dead on banks of McKellar Lake (Memphis Update)

    12/11/2006 3:46:18 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 40 replies · 2,281+ views
    WMC TV - Memphis ^ | December 11, 2006 | Staff
    A manatee that traveled 720 miles up the Mississippi River to Memphis in October and eluded his would-be rescuers was found dead today on the banks of a lake. Police said the manatee was discovered around 1:30 p.m. at Lake McKellar, a slackwater lake off the Mississippi River south of Memphis. The manatee was first spotted in October in the Wolf River harbor just north of the densely populated downtown area. But the animal disappeared a few days later and wasn't seen again until its body was found today. Sea World officials say they have no plans to return to...
  • Manatees May Be Smarter Than We Think (Hugh is mentioned!)

    11/11/2006 5:04:21 AM PST · by bannie · 31 replies · 936+ views ^ | Nov 11 7:25 AM US/Eastern | JENNIFER KAY
    Back in 1902, a scientist examining the smooth, grapefruit-size brain of a manatee remarked that the organ's unwrinkled surface resembled that of the brain of an idiot. Ever since then, manatees have generally been considered incapable of doing anything more complicated than chewing sea grass. But Hugh, a manatee in a tank at a Florida marine laboratory, doesn't seem like a dimwit. When a buzzer sounds, the speed bump-shaped mammal slowly flips his 1,300 pounds and aims a whiskered snout toward one of eight loudspeakers lowered into the water. Nosing the correct speaker earns him treats. Hugh is no manatee...
  • Manatee found in Mississippi near Memphis

    10/23/2006 9:14:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 19 replies · 1,776+ views ^ | October 23, 2006
    Excerpt - MEMPHIS, Tenn. Memphis authorities are trying to figure out how a manatee believed to be from Florida got so far up the Mississippi River. The eight- to ten-foot manatee was spotted today splashing and surfacing in a tributary of the Mississippi called Wolf River, near downtown Memphis. ~ snip ~
  • Massive manatee favors Manhattan suburbs

    08/08/2006 6:58:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 789+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 7, 2006
    In the heat of summer, all sorts of tourists head north to cooler climes. This year, a manatee has joined the crowd, cruising past the nightclubs of Manhattan and continuing north.The massive animal has been spotted in the Hudson River at least three times in the last week — first off the Chelsea and Harlem sections of Manhattan, then to the north in Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County."It was gigantic," said Randy Shull, who said he spotted the unusual visitor Sunday afternoon while boating at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. "When we saw it surface, its back was just...
  • Marine Mammals Suffer Human Diseases (Deadly Cat Poop Alert!)

    02/23/2006 2:22:42 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 34 replies · 1,937+ views
    Live Science ^ | 23 February 2006 | Bjorn Carey
    ST. LOUIS—Parasites from cat feces are causing deadly brain damage in California sea otters. A combination of toxic chemicals and herpes virus is killing off California sea lions. And toxic algae blooms are contributing to record manatee deaths in Florida. All of these animals live near coastlines, spending a majority of their lives in the same waters people swim and surf in. Their daily cuisines consist of the same foods we serve up in clam shacks and fine seafood restaurants. The difference between humans and these animals, says NOAA spokesperson Paul Sandifer, is that the animals deal with the ocean...
  • Hurricanes May Have Spared Manatees

    01/10/2005 5:20:54 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 6 replies · 247+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10-Jan-2005 | ap
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The fury of four hurricanes in Florida may have spared the state's endangered manatee population from further decline. The annual report by the state Fish and Wildlife Research Institute shows deaths statewide fell to 276 in 2004 from 370 recorded in 2003. "One theory is the four hurricanes that affected the state this year means we had less boating activity," said Tom Pitchford, a biologist with the research institute. "Fewer boats on the water means fewer manatees struck." The total manatee death rate spiked in 2003 because of an aquatic phenomenon called a red tide event....
  • Agency receives nearly comments on manatee protection (kids used as tools by leftist teachers)

    07/07/2003 6:29:31 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 40 replies · 591+ views
    Naples Daily News via SW Florida Sound Off ^ | Monday, July 7, 2003 | By JOEL ESKOVITZ
    Some letters came with pictures, a photograph of a Florida waterway or a child's drawing of an endangered manatee. Some were form letters. Some were hand-written. Some used scientific evidence. Some detailed personal experiences. And to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they all must read like a blur. The federal agency received nearly 5,700 public comments from almost every state in the union and other countries to help it decide how to protect the manatee along Florida's shores. As part of a settlement with a consortium of environmental groups, Fish and Wildlife is considering creating three protection zones, areas...
  • EXPOSED: School Board says Lord's Prayer before meetings

    05/25/2003 7:17:03 AM PDT · by hemogoblin · 14 replies · 318+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) ^ | 5/25/03 | LAURA GREEN
    MANATEE COUNTY -- Before they begin every meeting, the five members of the School Board stand -- asking those in the audience to join them -- bow their heads and recite the Lord's Prayer. While factions may form during their meetings, the board is unanimous in its belief that prayer -- the one from the New Testament in particular -- is the way to begin their meetings. Others don't agree. Steven Rosenauer of Bradenton said he came to a School Board meeting this month full of pride for his son who was to be recognized as part of Haile Middle...
  • Feds Call Manatee Settlement Illegal

    07/29/2002 8:31:46 AM PDT · by cogitator · 3 replies · 211+ views
    Feds Call Manatee Settlement Illegal WASHINGTON, DC, July 26, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) argued in court this week that a settlement reached between the agency and a coalition of environmental groups over endangered manatees last year was illegal. In January 2001, conservation groups including the Save the Manatee Club, Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Sierra Club, won a landmark settlement agreement compelling the USFWS to institute measures to protect manatees. This week, the USFWS called the settlement illegal, saying it "unlawfully" constrains the discretion of the...
  • Feds Call Manatee Settlement Illegal

    07/29/2002 8:27:31 AM PDT · by cogitator · 3 replies · 120+ views
    Feds Call Manatee Settlement Illegal WASHINGTON, DC, July 26, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) argued in court this week that a settlement reached between the agency and a coalition of environmental groups over endangered manatees last year was illegal. In January 2001, conservation groups including the Save the Manatee Club, Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Sierra Club, won a landmark settlement agreement compelling the USFWS to institute measures to protect manatees. This week, the USFWS called the settlement illegal, saying it "unlawfully" constrains the discretion of the...