CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral neighborhood is getting dozens of extra guests. Our recent cold weather is driving in the manatees! You can see dozens of them near the intersection of Burnt Store Road and Embers Parkway in the northwest section of Cape Coral.
Some are so close they are literally feet from the shore.
One man said earlier that he counted more than 100 of them in a large canal. And while people here say they've seen manatees here before, what is unusual, is the amount of them here today.
Mother nature is putting on a show, and in this Cape Coral canal, it's quite a sight. Dozens of endangered manatees are crowding in as they search for warm water. All day people have pulled over to the side of the road, pointing and taking photos.
"I usually will see one or two out boating but I think because its cool and warm right here, that's why they're here. But I've lived here all my lift and never seen so many," said Cape Coral resident Shannon Hardegree. "They're my favorite animal. I want to jump in and snuggle with them!" she laughed.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 74 manatees were found dead in Lee County this year, because of the cold, or fatal injuries from watercraft.
Boaters are asked to be extra cautious and keep an eye out for manatees because the temperatures are dropping.