Manatees may be Reclassified from Endangered to Threatened

Florida surveyors counted over 6,000 manatees (3,488 on the east coast and 3,132 on the west coast). This number was drastically different than the 1991 count of 1,267 manatees, prompting the US Fish and Wildlife Service to consider classifying the West Indian manatee as threatened rather than endangered. The manatee’s decline was attributed to red tides, watercrafts and cold weather, among other factors. It seems that with the help of Save Crystal River and the Save the Manatee Club, the increase in water temperature and restrictions on boat speed and waterfront development have helped the manatees come back.

 

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Here’s a short video about the sea cows!

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