Officials: Florida manatees eating lettuce in pilot program

  • A manatee comes up for a breath in Riviera Beach, Fla. Wednesday. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

  • Cool temperatures brought dozens of manatees to the Florida Power and Light Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach, Fla. Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022. Last year was devastating for the gentle creatures, with a record set for mortality. The sea cows come to the power plant discharge area to bask in the warm water. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Manatees at risk of starvation because native seagrass is dying due to water pollution have for the first time started eating lettuce under an experimental feeding program, Florida wildlife officials said Friday.