The Struggle to Live: Why Florida IRL Manatees Starve
Thursday, June 2nd 6:30 PM
A virtual event
FREE and Open to the public
Hosted by the SCPA
Dr. Wanda Jones, a marine mammal biologist and activist is an expert on manatee mortality with published scientific research on this unusual mortality event.
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In 2021 manatees living in the coastal waters off Florida had their deadliest year on record. 1,038 manatees died statewide with 75% of deaths occurring along the Atlantic coast and in our Indian River Lagoon.
Manatees are starving to death because seagrass, the manatees’ main food supply, has been destroyed by pollution and toxic algae blooms. Restoring the lagoon habitat through efforts to improve water quality include moving properties on septic tanks to sewer systems, improving water drainage, planting new sea grass and more.
Unfortunately the efforts to solve the water pollution catastrophe plaguing manatees will take decades. The temporary manatee romaine lettuce feeding program was something…but woefully insufficient.