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Manatee that washed ashore during Tropical Storm Debby died of natural causes

A manatee that washed ashore along Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard last month as Tropical Storm Debby churned toward Tampa Bay died of natural causes, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

Officials determined the manatee, which was 11 feet long and weighed 1,750 pounds, had a "combination of pneumonia-type symptoms and an infection in the lung area," spokesman Kevin Baxter said. There were no signs of trauma to the body. The commission does not believe the storm heavily affected the manatee because its health was "already compromised," Baxter said.

Manatee that washed ashore during Tropical Storm Debby died of natural causes 07/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 13, 2012 6:21pm]
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