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8 species moving to cooler waters

By: Angela Nelson on Sept. 26, 2016, 6:15 a.m.
A curious manatee swims up to a camera

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Manatees are common off the coast of Florida and in the southeast United States. But in August, Cape Cod beach-goers were treated to an unusual sight when they spotted one swimming off the Massachusetts coast.

Their normal range stretches from Brazil to the mid-Atlantic coast, and they normally don't frequent water colder than 68 degrees. However, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the water temperature for Wood's Hole, Massachusetts, at the time was around 75 degrees — unusually warm for that area.

Still, officials are keeping an eye on this sea cow as the weather gets colder. If he doesn't head south on his own soon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will mount a rescue attempt, the Christian Science Monitor reports.