Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Unusually cold water off Florida has caused manatees to huddle near a power plant outlet for warmth!

I remember surfing near an electrical plant ocean outlet in Seal Beach one summer and the water was 75-degrees plus. The downside is that the heat generated more bacterial growth in the water than average.

From the BBC via AP:

Manatees cope poorly with cold conditions, which can affect their immune systems and lead to death.

'Cold stress' killed large numbers of the gentle sea creatures in 2010.

The waters of the Tampa Electric plant are "like a warm bathtub for them," Wendy Anastasiou, an environmental specialist who has been watching the mammals loll about there, told the Associated Press agency.


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