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Monday, February 22, 2010

Yama-chan is back

SCUBA Diving Club Manatees was named for the mammals that inhabit the warm waters around Florida and the Caribbean. The club went to Crystal River in Florida to swim with the endangered manatees.

This year the weather has been very cold in the American south. Manatees die if the water gets too cold. Crystal River is fed by a hot spring so the waters are always much warmer than the ocean, so manatees came from all around. One count put the mammals in Crystal River at 3,000, which is one-third of the entire manatee population of Florida.

No trouble sighting manatees on this trip, says Yama-chan.

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