FL manatees affected by recent cold weather

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Maxine Bentzel / CBS 12

It’s not just the iguanas that hate the recent cold spell…Florida manatees are also feeling it.

Hundreds of manatees made their way to a Lee County park in order to huddle together and stay warm during the recent cold spell.

More than 100 manatees may migrate to a single canal at one time. But they don’t swim up the Caloosahatchee and Orange River during the winter for show–it’s for survival.

During colder months, gulf temperatures dropping below 68 degrees are deadly to manatees.

Their species is threatened, which is why the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act and state laws prohibit anyone from touching, providing water to or interacting with these mammals.

As long as the water’s warmer inland than in the gulf, expect manatees to keep returning to Lee County Manatee Park as well.

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