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Watch: Manatees gather in Fort Myers park during cold weather

Posted at 2:43 PM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 14:44:28-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Cooler temperatures mean more manatee sightings in Southwest Florida waterways.

Video shot Friday from our Sky Fox drone shows numerous manatees at Manatee Park in Fort Myers.

There were a lot of park visitors there getting a close-up look at the sea cows. Some kayakers were even in the water right alongside those manatees.

When cold snaps hit Southwest Florida, manatees seek out warmer waters. And many are attracted to the warm outflows released by power plants.

Aerial video: Manatees gather in Fort Myers park

Manatee Park is located across the street from an FPL power plant along State Road 80 just east of Interstate 75.