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.
So far, 166 manatees have died statewide through March 2. Cold spells are to blame for 51 deaths.
There are plenty of amazing facts about the manatee that you will find quite fascinating. Some of them you may know but I am confident as you read them there will be several that you weren’t aware of.
The species can also be pretty friendly, as demonstrated by the curious manatee nuzzling the diver.
The manatees of Crystal River and Homosassa are Florida manatees, which are a subspecies of the larger West Indian manatee population. They eat only plants, and in the warmer months, they rove up and down the Gulf and Atlantic coasts in search of food. The area does have resident manatees year-round, so summertime manatee sightings are possible, but the fact that they’re so mobile significantly lessens your chances.
Our highest count of manatees was done in mid-Jan and the aerial report was more than 800 manatees in the area!
This statue is a good photo op -- at least 30-feet long and well done, with paddle-tail and criss-cross markings. It was named "Bubbles" in a contest.