Manatees Flock to Warmer Waters During Cool Spells
Originally published by WINK News on November 24, 2021
As the temperature in Southwest Florida drops, visitors head to Lee County’s Manatee Park in hopes of running into sea cows.
The mammals migrate toward warm waters during the cool months, which makes the refuge of Manatee Park a good herding spot.
Twelve-year-old David Witmer was lucky enough to find a few at the park on Wednesday morning.
“Probably about five just popped out a little bit,” David said.
The search for the gentle giants in warm waters comes during a record-breaking year for manatee deaths.
Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani calls it a “double jeopardy” situation.
“It’s not only the cold that can stress them out a lot, but a lot of them are actually starving because of seagrass has declined so much,” Cassani said.