Report: 'Unprecedented number' of manatee deaths

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A record number of manatee deaths for 2010 has the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission looking into solutions that will improve the livelihood of the sea cow in Florida waters.

Nearly 700 manatees have died so far this year and 244 of those deaths are attributed directly to "cold stress," a result of the manatees being exposed to frigid waters for too long during the cold snap earlier this year, according to an FWC release this morning. Manatee deaths for 2009 totaled 429.

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