Animal rescue at the Orlando park cost $10 million in 2016 — an amount no other organization spent, CEO Joel Manby said in May. Since 1974, the Orlando park has rescued 10,094 animals — which includes 597 manatees and 7,316 birds.
As red tide spreads and kills more animals, emergency rescuers fear their workload will only rise.
Another study commissioned by the federal government and the National Autonomous University of Mexico said the die-off was possibly the result of several factors, including rising water temperatures.
Looking forward to another manatee season, officially beginning November 15th, we welcome you to join us for the adventure of a lifetime! Come for 2 days, or 3 days... experience all the wonder that the Nature Coast has to offer!
Most of the life of a manatee is spent in very murky water and they are also active throughout the night in the dark. For this reason, manatees do not need to have perfect vision and are reported to be practically near sighted, however they have receptors for both blue and green wave lengths allowing them to see in color and can therefore differentiate between random objects and luscious green plants to eat.
In 1979, then-Florida Governor Bob Graham designated November as Manatee Awareness Month. Every governor of the state since has renewed the proclamation.
The number of manatee deaths in Florida this year has already exceeded the total for all of 2017. Blame Red Tide, which is suspected of killing more than 100 of them.
More than 160 sea cows have died in 2018, a pace that could set a record, according to environmental group.
Illya the manatee became quite popular after he traveled all the way to New Jersey back in October 2009. Eventually he was rescued and taken back to Miami. The Save the Manatee Club reported Ilya's death on July 31.
The oldest manatee in captivity had just celebrated his 69th birthday. It was a day filled with special treats as hundreds of visitors peeked through the glass and into the Parker Aquarium tank at the South Florida Museum to catch a glimpse of the 1,300-pound wonder.
The 10-foot male was successfully relocated but not before biologists photographed and tagged the creature.
The wild manatee population continues to grow and Boerner hopes the study will help continue that trend.
Spring and summer, winter and fall......there is no other thrill we have quite like seeing new babies in the Bay. We know that here in Crystal River they have a better chance of survival than anyplace else on the planet!!
When sick or injured manatees are brought to rehabilitation facilities, you can feed them to increase their weight, provide the best available treatments and look at blood work, but we don’t have ways to assess some important physiological parameters such as energy cost,” said Senior Mote Aquarium Biologist Kat Boerner. “To provide more data to fine-tune rehabilitation, we want to better understand how much energy a healthy manatee burns, which gives us a better idea of the caloric intake needed for an animal of a given size.
'Manatees are sentient beings, loving touch of many forms, especially between mother and child. This video of momma and baby offers a clear view of his fin nails....many people do not know they have finger-like bones with nails!'
This manatee swimming through a canal in Woodland Estates in Crystal River got a snoutful of gasoline as it came up for air.
In this short film from Dive Documentaries, tour operator Captain Broderick highlights the correct way to observe the creatures in their natural habitat.
From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts.
They counted 3,731 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,400 manatees on the west coast of the state for a total of 6,131, according to a news release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. That’s 500 fewer than last year’s total.
But now scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have developed the first laboratory test for detecting manatee DNA in water samples, so they can say with certainty where manatees live.