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Increased manatee mortality rates

Posted at 1:27 AM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-13 21:34:45-04

(WTXL) - Marine experts have turned their attention to changes in manatee populations.

This year, manatee mortality rates are higher than the latest five-year average.

At least three of the threatened species were found nearby at Alligator Point and Dog Island.

Extreme cold temperatures from the winter are at least partially to blame.

If you find a manatee, you're urged to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.