>> All living things are feeling the effects of a cold snap in Florida this week.>> Super cold. My goodness.>> Temperature has dropped into the 30s in some areas. But unlike people, animals cannot simply bundle up. Hudson resident Mike Celentano said he was saddened to see fish dying in a local canal.
>> All over the canal, it was thick enough you probably could 've stopped to cross to the other side.>> Wildlife experts say anything below 54 degrees is considered the lowest point these fish can tolerate before experiencing cold stress. Larger mammals like manatees seek a warmer water in places like natural springs or canals.
And in Indian Harbor Beach, a mass gathering of manatees are attracting a crowd of onlookers.>> There's at least a couple hundred. Down there where the traffic jam is, I think is about 50 of them there together. You almost could walk across on them. There's no gaps on them at all.
>> My god.>> The cold weather has stunned iguanas. Their rigid bodies seen falling from trees. And sea turtles, too, are feeling the chill. The State's Wildlife Conservation Commission has been rescuing the paralyzed critters from the water since Thursday.>> We're finding these guys all around the banks of St. Joe bay, here.
And what's happened is, is the water has dipped down below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. And whenever the water gets that cold, because these guys are cold blooded reptiles, they get real lethargic and can't move. And if they get too cold, they will die.>> Officials are trying hard to prevent that from happening.
And warmer temperatures forecast this week should help their efforts.