I took this photo of a lovely manatee swiming lazily throught the back canals of North Palm Beach on January 4th. From the looks of it, he or she was happily paddling along in search for food and enjoying life. The day was in the mid-seventies and all seemed right in the manatee world.
Fast forward to 1/12/11 and take a look at these facts that have been recently released by Save the Manatee Club:
Through the end of December, 2010, a record number of manatee deaths occurred - 787 to be exact. According to Katie Tripp, Ph.D., Director of Science and Conservation for the Save the Manatee Club, that's 13% of the species and double the number of deaths from 2009. Most of these deaths have occured due to the extreme cold weather we have had in South Florida. And here it comes yet again!
The good news is that we can all help protect this gentle giant with a few simple steps:
1. Adopt a Manatee for Easter. What a great gift idea for your kids Easter Basket or your Valentine's Day sweetie - and unique too! Proceeds are used towards the emergency rescue response for sick and injured manatees, waterway signage and much more.
2. Spread the word about the endangered Manatee and take note of idle speed zones.
3. Look, watch and listen for them when boating. Often times their exhale and a swirl of water is all that you'll notice when manatee's are around. Steer clear and let them be.
4. Sign up for Paddle Tales, a free e-newsletter from SMC: www.savethemanatee.org/enews_signup.htm
Please visit the SMC web site to learn all about manatees and adoption. A very economical way to help!
Adopt-A-Manatee! Go to www.savethemanatee.org/adoptpag.htm
Practice Safe Boating Everyone!
The Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc. Crew.
Manatee awareness classes available to Elementary school classes FREE of charge. Just call Sue Morgan 561-296-1863.
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