VIDEO OF THE DAY: November Is Manatee Awareness Month, Boaters Beware
By Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission // November 14, 2016
Manatees starting to migrate to warmer waters
ABOVE VIDEO: Manatees on our mind, posted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (MYFWC) – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is devoted to working toward the continued success of manatees in our state.
In fact, the Sunshine State has invested over $2 million a year for manatee conservation. Watch this video to learn more about the endangered marine mammal we just can’t stop talking about.
The Florida manatee is a native species found in many of Florida’s waterways. First listed as a federal endangered species in 1966, the Florida manatee population has grown to over 6,000 animals today.
In 1975, Florida’s school children helped designate the endangered Florida manatee as Florida’ state marine mammal.
Since then, various research, management and educational efforts have occurred to bring back a species that many people thought was on the verge of extinction.
Continued support from thousands of people willing to purchase Save the Manatee specialty license plates or donate funds to the manatee program has allowed the state to develop and administer what was, and is needed for management and research programs that protect and conserve Florida’s manatees for future generations to see and enjoy.
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