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VIDEO: Scarred manatee swimming along Gasparilla Island

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. — Drone video shows a manatee with at least ten boat strike scars slowly swimming off the coast of Gasparilla Island State Park on Sunday. Collisions between manatees and boats have killed 63 of the well-known gentle giants in 2021 alone.  Data provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows that 2021 is the deadliest year on record for manatees in the past half-decade.   As of July 12, there have been 841 manatees confirmed dead in Florida waters.  That’s a major increase from 2020, where only 637 manatees were killed during...

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Petting manatees illegal in Florida, could result in fine or jail time

NAPLES, Fla.– Manatees are considered Florida’s unofficial mascot, but if you see one at the beach don’t disturb them. Previous coverage: Man arrested for harassing manatees in local waterways A woman recorded a video of a massive herd of them near the Naples Pier on Tuesday morning. Some people in the water were seen standing still, while others might have touched the sea cows. “I wouldn’t be surprised if people didn’t know the rules or couldn’t resist reaching out and touching them,” said Jennifer Duffy. According to FWC, anyone spotted touching...

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2021 becomes deadliest year for Florida manatees

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Manatee deaths in Florida this year have surpassed the previous record that was set in 2018. As of June 18, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released an updated manatee mortality chart that listed 811 deaths for 2021. Fifty-nine of those deaths were caused by a boat strike, and 113 manatees passed from natural causes. 2018 was previously the deadliest year for manatees, registering 804 deaths. Of those deaths, 58 were caused by boat strikes and 105 died of natural causes. The United State’s Fish and Wildlife service classified this...

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