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What about Manatee and Sarasota waters?

“We’ve had a couple of interesting anomalies, but whether that means a big shift or a big change in what animals are doing, I don’t think we can say that with any certainty at this time,” said Nadine Slimak, public relations manager at Mote Marine Laboratory.

One of those interesting anomalies: A Mote shark researcher mentioned he’s recently seen two whale sharks off the Sarasota coast about 10 miles. But, as Slimak said, not a lot of basic data is known about species to know whether that’s abnormal behavior.

— Brent Conklin

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