Are An Endangered Species
Sometimes a manatee's face can appear very sad, tired...almost as if the animal can foresee the fate that may await its species.
the wild, manatees have no natural enemies, and not
because of their impressive size. A fully-grown adult manatee may be
as long as 12-14 feet and weigh over 2,000
It is unfortunate the manatee is not more aggressive. Then they could have fought back against some of the harassment that has been inflicted on them.
The loss of coastal habitat that once nourished rich seagrass beds is the main reason for the decline in manatees. Boats and red tide may cause significant mortality, but it is the sheer loss of vital habitat and seagrasses that place the manatee at greatest risk.
Slightly more than 3,000 manatees are believed to live in Florida waters, up significantly from 10 years ago.