Florida Manatees Face a Tough Battle Against Boats and Climate Change

Just Below the Surface

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manatee photo

credit: Rebecca Jackrel

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The West Indian manatee is an endangered species, and yet, the animals don't act like it. Highly sociable with people, they will come right up to you to say hello. They're slow moving, and not necessarily quick to perceive danger from boat motors let alone move out of the way. And because they prefer feeding in shallow water, there is little space between the boats on the surface and a manatee's back.