2-state Gulf Coast manatee-sighting network expanding west
from The Washington Post
As manatees recover in Florida, their U.S. home base, more and more seem to be showing up farther west along the Gulf of Mexico. Seven stranded manatees had been reported along the Alabama coast before 2007, when a network to report them was created. Since then, "we've responded to dozens" of strandings, said Ruth Carmichael, head of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Manatee Sighting Network for Alabama and Mississippi.
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