In 2021, about 15 percent of the Florida manatee population passed away, making it the deadliest year on record. Most of these deaths occurred due to starvation.
You can help. We're working to provide produce for manatees recovering from malnutrition. Just $25 provides 30 pounds of nourishing food to help manatees. Donate now.
In 2021, 1,110 manatees (about 15 percent of the population) passed away, making it the deadliest year on record. Most of these deaths occurred due to starvation. A large power plant in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) of Florida provides warm waters during the winter months. Nearly one-third of Florida Manatees seek out these warm waters every winter, but the IRL has lost 60% of its seagrass beds due to harmful algal blooms and poor water quality, leaving manatees to starve. Work is in progress to replant seagrass beds and provide supplemental feeding, but more must be done to respond to this crisis if the manatee is to survive.
While their habitat is gradually restored, it is critical that malnourished manatees get the care they need. Since January 1, 2021, over 170 manatees have been rescued and brought to care facilities statewide. At least 80 of these rescues were necessary due to natural causes like starvation. This drastically compares to 27 manatees rescued in 2020 from natural causes. Sadly, 23 of the rescued manatees were orphaned calves. Mothers who can’t find enough food for themselves feed their babies until they’re no longer able to. Fortunately, rehabilitation facilities have a 96% success rate at rehabilitating and releasing manatee calves.
You can help by supporting Project Peril, a program of Greater Good Charities, in its work to help protect threatened species like the manatee. Your donations will purchase produce, especially leafy greens, for manatees recovering from malnutrition. Just $25 provides 30 pounds of nourishing produce to help manatees. Donate now.
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