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  • Woman busted for riding a manatee in Florida, violating state law

    10/03/2012 7:54:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | October 3, 2012 | Rheana Murray
    Police busted a Florida woman for an unusual crime — riding a manatee like a body board. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez turned herself in Tuesday after local police released photos of her catching a ride on a manatee, an endangered species, over the weekend in Tierra Verde, Fla. “To her credit, she called us up and let us know she was the one in the pictures,” Sgt. David DiSano of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office told the Daily News.
  • Farmers prepare for cold weather ( Florida )

    01/04/2012 1:58:33 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    WINK/CNN ^ | Jan 04, 2012
    As Southwest Florida prepares for a cold snap, farmers are bracing for potential damage to their crops. ... Sorrells says that fog, created through an intricate web of irrigation lines, should raise the temperatures in the groves an estimated 3 to 5 degrees. The water will flow all night into the early morning until the temperatures reach above freezing ... the length of time the oranges and trees remain frozen, and says four hours can damage the fruit and six hours can damage a tree
  • Cold drives manatees into South Florida

    01/04/2012 4:09:28 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 4, 2012 | David Fleshler
    Driven by plunging temperatures, hundreds of manatees stampeded south on the Intracoastal Waterway over the past two days toward the warm water of power plant discharges in Riviera Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Cold snaps have emerged as a leading killer of manatees over the past three years, exceeding deaths by boat collisions, according to figures kept by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “Manatees are tropical animals so they start to suffer when the water temperature goes below 68 degrees,” said Kathryn Curtin, a contract biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey based at Port Everglades.
  • Manatees paddle to warm water to escape Fla. chill

    12/28/2010 6:05:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 21 replies · 4+ views
    yahoo ^ | 12/28/10 | TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press
    APOLLO BEACH, Fla. – People aren't the only ones in Florida who don't like cold weather. Manatees — those giant aquatic mammals with the flat, paddle-shaped tails — are swimming out of the chilly Gulf of Mexico waters and into warmer springs and power plant discharge canals. On Tuesday, more than 300 manatees floated in the outflow of Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station.
  • 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...
  • Endangered Florida manatees die in record numbers from nearly two-week cold snap

    01/26/2010 12:18:12 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies · 881+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/26/10 | AP
    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.
  • Navy expresses concern about proposed manatee protections

    12/13/2009 3:44:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 838+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | December 13, 2009 | David Fleshler
    Having defeated the Japanese fleet and faced down the Soviets, the U.S. Navy faces a new obstacle, one that hides behind a deceptively gentle, seagrass-munching façade. Manatees may rank lower than such traditional menaces as torpedoes and air-to-sea missiles. But a proposal to protect additional habitat for them, the Navy says, could end up reducing habitat for destroyers, aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service soon will make a decision on whether to expand what's called critical habitat for the manatee in Florida and southern Georgia, in response to a petition from several environmental groups.
  • Please!! Can we not have seventy four Michael Jackson threads???

    06/25/2009 2:28:35 PM PDT · by djf · 73 replies · 1,525+ views
    Come on folks, get a grip! Original thread is here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2279459/posts?q=1&;page=1
  • Marlins want fat men who can dance

    02/23/2008 3:06:47 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 55 replies · 359+ views
    AP ^ | February 23, 2008
    MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins are looking for some footloose fat men. The National League team is creating an all-male, plus-size cheerleading squad to be dubbed the Manatees. Tryouts were scheduled for Sunday. The team hopes to recruit seven to 10 tubby men to dance, cheer and jiggle during Friday and Saturday home games this season. Real manatees, 1,200-pound mammals sometimes referred to as "sea cows," are not considered the most agile of creatures and often get caught in boat propellers.
  • Manatees Have A Cow Over Losing Endangered Species Classification

    04/11/2007 12:44:21 PM PDT · by theothercheek · 20 replies · 589+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | April 11, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to reclassify the FL manatee as a “threatened” species instead of an “endangered” species, though more of the sea cows were killed in 2006 than in the previous 30 years. The Washington Post reports that of a total population of roughly 3,200, 416 of the marine mammals were killed last year - many in collisions with boat propellers. The planned reclassification would ease restrictions on how fast boats can go (no-wake zones), as well as on waterfront development in manatee habitats. Lobbyists for boaters and developers argue that the manatee population...
  • Troubled waters for manatees? (dependence on warmth from power plants could prove disastrous)

    02/26/2007 3:35:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 956+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 26, 2007 | Ludmilla Lelis
    TITUSVILLE -- Sea cows call the warm waters near energy facilities home. Scientists fear that if a plant closes, those animals might not head to springs or migrate to South Florida. For manatees, the warm water that spills from power plants is addictive. The plants have long provided the sea cows with an artificial refuge beyond their natural winter habitat near springs and in warmer southern waters. Scientists estimate that six in every 10 manatees now winter near power plants that line Florida's waterways. It is a dependency that someday could have grave consequences for the manatee. State and federal...
  • Florida takes manatee off endangered list

    06/08/2006 1:55:53 PM PDT · by darkangel82 · 55 replies · 837+ views
    CNN ^ | June 8 | Reuters
    MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) -- Florida's wildlife commission voted Wednesday to remove the manatee from the state's endangered species list, a move environmentalists fear could erode safeguards for the popular sea creature. State officials said the "downlisting" to threatened from endangered would have no impact on protections afforded the massive, lumbering marine mammal often called the sea cow. Manatees inhabit Florida's canals and coastal waters, where they are frequently killed or injured by boats. A survey this year found about 3,100 remaining manatees. State officials say manatees no longer qualify for endangered status, which is reserved for creatures that face extinction....
  • EMERGENCY!!! Freeper Spots 3 ManBearPig Manatees Trapped In Florida Canal....HELP!!!!!

    04/29/2006 2:44:09 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 151 replies · 4,281+ views
    Self | April 29, 2006 | PJ-Comix
    HELP! About an hour ago I was crossing over Sunrise on the pedestrian overpass from the Ft. Lauderdale Swap Shop. I always glance at the canal on the south side of Sunrise because it is fun to watch the fish jumping sometimes. Anyway, this time I saw something that made me stop dead in my tracks. It was something HUGE in the canal. I couldn't tell at first what it was. It could have been a seal, or a gigantic turtle, or a really large alligator. Anyway, it was making a lot of movement in the canal and I yelled...
  • Bin Laden Tape Aired (Just Breaking!)

    04/23/2006 5:15:35 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 476 replies · 14,667+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 23, 2006
    unday April 23, 2006 A new audiotape from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be aired today on the Arabic news station al Jazeera, the organisation claims.More follows . .
  • Fla. Sees Record Manatee Deaths in Jan.

    02/15/2006 1:01:13 PM PST · by dfwgator · 7 replies · 344+ views
    NAPLES, Fla. - Manatee deaths jumped by a third in January compared with the same month last year, but exactly what killed half the animals remains unknown, state wildlife officials said. Last month, 48 of the endangered animals are known to have died statewide, 12 more than in January 2005. Half of the deaths were listed as cause unknown because the manatees' bodies were decomposed when they were retrieved, said Ken Arrison, a biologist with the state's Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab in St. Petersburg. Officials are waiting on lab test to determine if red tide, a toxic algae bloom, was...
  • Manatee Number Leads to Sex Chat Line

    12/01/2003 7:42:10 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 6 replies · 2,681+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 12/1/03
    Manatee Number Leads to Sex Chat Line By The Associated Press Concerned citizens calling a publicized toll-free number to report injured and dead manatees or boating violations have instead been given offers to chat with "fantasy girls" in exchange for a credit card number. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission number changed years ago, but the old 800 number is still posted on Web sites, boater education signs, and park brochures around the state, leading to confusion for callers. Starting last month, callers trying to report an injured manatee using the 800 number were referred to another 800 number, which...
  • Carnival of the Capitalists

    10/14/2003 11:40:10 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 1 replies · 160+ views
    BusinessPundit ^ | 10/13/03 | BusinessPundit
    Carnival of the Capitalists Welcome to the first edition of the Carnival of the Capitalists. Modeled after the Carnival of the Vanities, this weekly roundup is intended to be a "Best Of the Blogosphere" for posts covering business, economics, stocks, accounting, taxes, business law, and related topics. More info can be found in my first post on the subject. There are some excellent posts here from some very intelligent people. I hope this eventually gets recognized by the major business news sources because, while bloggers may not always write as well as the pros, I think we can provide a...
  • Federal Report: Florida Manatees Face Extinction if Regulators Don't Crack Down on Boaters

    04/30/2003 1:24:20 PM PDT · by Cagey · 15 replies · 183+ views
    AP ^ | 4-30-2003
    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A federal report warns that manatees in Florida face extinction if regulators don't crack down on boaters. A record 95 were killed last year by boats and personal watercraft, compared with an average of 80 each of the previous three years. The average number of deaths annually from 1992 to 1998 was 49, state data show. The last statewide count in January put the total number of manatees at about 3,000. If the boat mortality rate continues to increase at the pace it has since 1992, the report's author said, there won't be enough manatees within...
  • [Legal] Settlement Means New Protections for Manatees

    01/28/2003 12:56:57 PM PST · by cogitator · 15 replies · 271+ views
    Environmental News Service ^ | January 27, 2003 | Cat Lazaroff
    Settlement Means New Protections for Manatees WASHINGTON, DC, January 27, 2003 (ENS) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced new measures aimed at protecting the endangered Florida manatee. The steps, which include new speed zones for powerboats and better enforcement of existing rules, refuges and national parks, are part of a settlement between the federal government and environmental groups who sued over what they called ineffective management of the dwindling species. Under the latest agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will propose three new manatee protection areas and establish specific time lines for putting up...
  • Judge Orders 14 New Manatee Refuges

    08/07/2002 8:15:53 AM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 253+ views
    Judge Orders 14 New Manatee Refuges WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2002 (ENS) - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to designate new refuges for Florida manatees by November 1. Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan called on Interior Secretary Gale Norton to demonstrate why she should not be held in contempt of court for her department's refusal to comply with a settlement agreement intended to protect manatees in Florida. The judge also ordered the department to designate sanctuaries and refuges for manatee protection throughout Florida by November 1, 2002, one month earlier than...
  • Six Mating Manatees Beach Near Boca Raton

    07/30/2002 10:15:53 AM PDT · by mattdono · 16 replies · 282+ views
    AP (via TBO.com) ^ | 07/30/02 | Jill Barton
    By Jill Barton Associated Press Writer BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Six mating manatees were returning to the ocean Tuesday after beaching themselves in the surf off Boca Raton, officials said. Biologists said the five male manatees and one female manatee were showing a typical mating pattern, common during the summer. The manatees showed no recent wounds and appeared healthy, said Dr. Kirt Rusenko, a biologist with the city of Boca Raton who was on the scene. He said they were not in any danger. By mid-morning, two of the manatees had returned to the ocean and the other four...