Environmentalists, conservatives battle over whether manatees are 'endangered' or 'threatened'

August 29, 2014 9:06 AM

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MIAMI — As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.

They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild.

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