Latest Manatees News

Rescued manatee flown from Texas to Florida on cargo plane

Jul. 28, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (AP) — An ailing manatee that was found and rehabilitated in Texas late last year was flown to Florida on a cargo plane and released into a bay near a wildlife refuge along the Gulf Coast this week. The manatee named TexasTeeMiguel was released Wednesday into...

Officials: Starvation threat not over for Florida manatees

Jul. 20, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Fewer manatee deaths have been recorded so far this year in Florida compared to the record-setting numbers in 2021, but wildlife officials cautioned Wednesday that chronic starvation remains a dire and ongoing threat to the marine mammals. Between Jan. 1...

US agrees to update critical habitat for Florida manatees

Jun. 01, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to revise the critical habitat designation for Florida manatees, which have been dying in record numbers because water pollution is killing a main food source. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a court...

Florida wildlife officials say some manatee food growing

May. 25, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials working to prevent threatened Florida manatees from starving to death say they're encouraged that some of the marine mammals' favorite food is growing naturally in a key area. Seagrasses have been found growing recently in small areas...

Celtics co-owner donates $2M to protect Florida manatees

May. 17, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A co-owner of the Boston Celtics is donating $2 million toward protecting the Florida manatees and their habitat following two seasons of record-breaking manatee mortalities in the state. Fox Rock Foundation will give $1 million each to the nonprofits Fish &...