Manatees Huddle Around Power Plant to Stay Warm

First published by KENS 5 TV , December 15, 2010


In this picture provided by Florida Power and Light, a young manatee surfaces among an estimated 400 manatees gathered in protected warm waters near FPL?s power plant in Riviera Beach, Fla. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 as South Florida temperatures dropped to the 30s Fahrenheit. While the facility is being prepared for an upgrade, special heaters continue to provide warm water to protect the endangered manatees as part of the FPL's environmental program. State wildlife officials say 429 manatees died in Florida last year, nearly 100 more deaths than in 2008. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Wednesday the increased deaths can be attributed, in part, to cold stress during the winter months of 2008 and 2009. (AP Photo/Florida Power and Light, Doug Murray)

Endangered manatees were found huddling around a power plant in Port Everglades, Fla. for warmth. Whit Johnson reports.
Ryan Heninger