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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Florida manatee deaths up this year; St. Marks River manatee latest local death

Published Sept 18, 2009 - Tallahassee Democrat
The St. Marks River manatee was the first confirmed death in Wakulla County since April 2005 and is the first one of the year for the coastal counties of Wakulla, Franklin, Gulf, Taylor and Jefferson. In December 2008, a Franklin County manatee died of cold stress.

As of Sept. 11, 349 deaths have been confirmed. The five-year average for Jan. 1 through Sept. 11 is 263.

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