In a recent survey from The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, results suggests that overall manatee numbers are higher than previously thought.
The survey shows that there are now roughly 7,500 to 10,300 manatees swimming in the Sunshine State’s waters, a significant increase from the previous estimate of 6,000 manatees.
Researchers believe that the higher numbers are a result of conservation measures implemented by FWC and wildlife officials that have allowed manatee populations to recover.
Although these numbers are very encouraging, wildlife officials have document 779 manatee deaths this year so far, compared to 538 in 2017.
It has been a tough year for manatees in 2018. Wildlife officials have documented 779 manatee deaths so far this year, compared to 538 in 2017.
The cause of the deaths are being blamed on a winter cold snap, an extreme red tide that has stuck around much longer than usual, agricultural run-off and collisions with boats.