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Why do Manatees Come to Manatee Park ?

 
 
Why do Manatees Come to Manatee Park? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 16, 2015
1. Why do Manatees Come to Manatee Park? Marker
Inscription. Leaves changing color and cooler weather let humans know when seasons are changing. In Florida the seasonal changes are more subtle, but recognized by the Florida manatee.

Manatees are usually found in shallow, slow-moving water. They are known to travel between freshwater rivers, brackish water estuaries and coastal saltwater ecosystems for mating, breeding, birthing, and feeding.

Manatees need warm water to survive. When the water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico drop below 68oF (20oC), manatees leave their usual feeding grounds to search for warmer waters. Although they are very large marine mammals, they have little fat to keep their bodies warm and are susceptible to cold stress.

Many manatees in Southwest Florida come to Manatee Park to keep warm during cold spells. The warm water in the discharge canal from the Florida Power & Light Plant provides a refuge from the cold.

During extreme drops in temperature, manatees usually remain close to a warm-water source and, during breaks in the weather, travel to nearby feeding ares. Unfortunately, there is no source of food for manatees in the warm-water discharge canal. Sometimes, when the weather remains very cold, manatee may not feed for days at a time.

During the summer, when ocean waters are warm,
Why do Manatees Come to Manatee Park? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 16, 2015
2. Why do Manatees Come to Manatee Park? Marker
manatees may travel from southern Florida. Manatees that regularly visit Florida waters during the winter have been seen as far west as Texas and as far north as Virginia and New York.
 
Location. 26° 41.59′ N, 81° 46.656′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is on Palm Beach Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is located inside the park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33905, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore Southwest Florida Naturally! (here, next to this marker); The Florida Manatee (here, next to this marker); Other Visitors to Manatee Park (here, next to this marker); Freshwater Wetlands Habitat (here, next to this marker); The Anatomy of a Manatee (here, next to this marker); The Manatee-Human Comparison (here, next to this marker); Manatee Island (here, next to this marker); Butterflies of Lee County (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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