Mon. Apr 6th, 2020

PAUL: TERRY SAYS SHE WAS WATCHING AS A BOAT CARRYING A DEAD MANATEE WENT BY. SOMETHING SHE HAS NOT SEEN IN THE SIX YEARS SHE HAS LIVED HERE. >> VERY SAD. THIS IS WHAT THEY CALL THE MANATEE HIGHWAY. AT THE TOP OF OUR CANAL, WHICH IS CALLED BERKELEY CANAL, THEY GO UP THERE TO TRY AND STAY WARM DURING THE WARM WEATHER. PAUL: AND IN THAT CANAL, WHERE WE SAW A LOT OF LIVING MANATEES, IS WHERE AUTHORITIES SAY THEY FOUND THE TWO DEAD MANATEES OVER THE WEEKEND AND PULLED THEM OUT. >> IT WAS IN THE 40‘S THAT NIGHT, AND I KNOW THEY CAN’T TOLERATE THE COLD VERY WELL. PAUL: FWC OFFICIALS DO ECHO HER STATEMENT, SAYING COLD WEATHER DOES HURT MANATEES. >> WE HAVE IT FROM TIME TO TIME, IT IS NOT UNCOMMON. SO, IN EACH MANATEE THAT DOES DIE, WE COLLECT IT AND CONDUCT NECROPSIES. PAUL: THE NEXT STEP FOR THEM IS TO TRY AND FIND OUT WHAT CAUSED THE DEATHS. >> IT IS SAD TO SEE

2 manatees found dead in Satellite Beach canal, FWC says

Cold weather can be deadly for manatees

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say they found two dead manatees Sunday morning in a canal in Satellite Beach.It happened at a canal on Berkeley Street. Officials and residents said cold weather can harm the animals.Terri Perry saw a boat carrying a dead manatee go by right behind her house. In her six years of living there, it’s something she hasn’t seen before. “It’s sad to see anything dead, the manatees are just gentle giants and they’re fun to watch,” Perry said. “This is what they call the manatee highway, there’s just one that went by. At the top of our canal, which is called Berkeley Canal, they go up there to try and stay warm during the warm weather.”WESH 2 News saw a lot of other manatees in that canal, where authorities said they found the two dead manatees over the weekend. They pulled them out.FWC officials said cold weather hurts manatees.Officials are working to see what caused the deaths of the manatees.FWC officials say when it gets colder, manatees will typically move to warm water areas, from different sources like power plant discharges, or springs.

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. —

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say they found two dead manatees Sunday morning in a canal in Satellite Beach.

It happened at a canal on Berkeley Street. Officials and residents said cold weather can harm the animals.

Terri Perry saw a boat carrying a dead manatee go by right behind her house. In her six years of living there, it’s something she hasn’t seen before.

“It’s sad to see anything dead, the manatees are just gentle giants and they’re fun to watch,” Perry said. “This is what they call the manatee highway, there’s just one that went by. At the top of our canal, which is called Berkeley Canal, they go up there to try and stay warm during the warm weather.”

WESH 2 News saw a lot of other manatees in that canal, where authorities said they found the two dead manatees over the weekend. They pulled them out.

FWC officials said cold weather hurts manatees.

Officials are working to see what caused the deaths of the manatees.

FWC officials say when it gets colde

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