Steady As She Goes: Checking in with the Florida Manatee
March 31, 2017
With Manatee Awareness Day just a few short days ago on March 29, a lot of us have manatee on the brain. Well, we have more news for you.
On March 30, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the West Indian manatee would be downgraded from endangered to threatened.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said this downgrade due largely to the “notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitats.”
The FWS attributes this recovery to the implementation of manatee protection plans across counties in Florida as well as increased rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts.
While this is good news for these marine mammals, we have to remember that manatees are still at risk and we should not get ahead of ourselves.
Manatees still face very real threats including cold stress, boat strikes, and marine debris. To date, the SeaWorld Rescue team has rescued 582 manatees! While manatees are seeing some growth in the region, they'll never get there without the continued hard work of rescue organizations like SeaWorld. We promise to continue with our commitment to the manatee’s recovery and growth throughout it's range.
Learn more about SeaWorld’s work with manatees and remember, if you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.