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Test feeding plan in works for starving Florida manatees

Dec. 07, 2021 21:30 PM EST

St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Normally giving food to wild animals is considered off limits, but the dire situation in Florida with more than 1,000 manatees dying from starvation due to manmade pollution is leading officials to consider an unprecedented feeding plan. The U.S. Fish...

Officials: Manatee stranded on North Carolina beach dies

Dec. 02, 2021 15:27 PM EST

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — A manatee found stranded on the North Carolina coast on Thursday has died, a wildlife official said. The nearly 10-foot-long female was still alive when it was found by a woman walking the beach around sunrise near Kill Devil Hills. The...

Florida tops 1,000 manatee deaths in grim single-year record

Nov. 17, 2021 11:38 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — More than 1,000 manatees have died in Florida so far this year, eclipsing a previous annual record as the threatened marine mammals struggle with starvation due to pollution in the water. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission...

Florida manatee deaths soar as polluted water kills seagrass

Oct. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It's not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that...

Manatee deaths rise in Florida as pollutants kill seagrass

Oct. 19, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Manatees have starved to death by the hundreds along Florida’s east coast because algae blooms and contaminants are killing the seagrass the beloved sea mammals eat, a wildlife official told a House committee Tuesday. Seagrass has been...