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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Manatees Seek Power Plants, Warm Springs as Safe Havens

Published 10/20/2006 National Geographic
Some manatees seek shelter here in the Suwannee River, which runs through northern Florida into the Gulf of Mexico.

It is the only undisturbed river system in the southeastern United States. The river's thick mats of sea grasses and temperate springs, which stay at 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) year round, provide refuge for hundreds of manatees.

Thanks in part to strong protection efforts, Florida's manatee numbers today have been boosted to about 3,500 animals

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