manatees

Manatee Harassment Rampant on Refuges

by Susan Sargent | April 13, 2015
“Out-of-Hand” Disturbances, Enforcement Overwhelmed, Visitor Education Failing ...

New Manatee Protection Lawsuit in the Works

by Susan Sargent | March 9, 2015
End of “Swim-With” Programs, Plus Expansion of Habitat and Sanctuaries Sought ...

Record Manatee Deaths in 2013 on Surging Red Tides

by Susan Sargent | January 9, 2014
Fatalities More than Double; Red Tide Deaths Equal Combined 8 Year-Total ...

Speed Kills

by Susan Sargent | October 2, 2012
With manatee numbers temporarily growing, Florida developers are waging an all-out campaign to undo the very protections that are credited with producing a modest rebound in the manatee population. With fewer than 4,000 in Florida waters, the manatee remains one of the most endangered ...

Swim-With Harrassment

Every year an estimated 100,000 tourists participate in manatee “swim-with” programs that promote direct encounters in manatee lagoons. Studies indicate that approximately half of these human-manatee interactions constitute harassment, with tourists routinely observed poking, chasing, ...