The iconic and attractive Florida manatees are being wiped out by starvation.
These magnificent marine creatures are on the verge of extinction.
More than 1,100 Florida manatees died last year, more than ever before, according to officials.
More than 300 manatees have been recorded deceased in just the first two months of this year.
The manatees were already categorized as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act before these massive die-offs even started.
According to NPR, the dearth of food is most noticeable in Indian River Lagoon, a 150-mile-long saltwater estuary where more than 90% of the seagrass, the manatee’s primary food source, has died.
In the Indian River Lagoon, efforts are being made to restore water quality by addressing concerns caused by septic tanks, sewage, and fertilizer runoff.
However, this process is time-consuming, and there’s no time to waste.
Sign this petition to demand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take action immediately!
This article by Holly Woodbury was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 26 March 2022. Lead Image Source : Thierry Eidenweil/shutterstock.
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