Florida Manatee Deaths up Almost 50% in 2018

A Florida manatee looking at the camera.
Florida manatee deaths rose significantly in 2018. Here’s Looking at You Kid – Meet a Florida Manatee by the U.S. Geological Survey. Public Domain.

Here’s a heart-breaking story by John R. Platt and Dipika Kadaba of The Revelator. It turns out that 824 Florida manatees died last year, almost 50% more than in 2017.

Those 824 mortalities (deaths) represent 13% of the Florida manatee population, and many of them were caused by people – either directly or indirectly.

The Revelator released a video that goes into more detail about why so many manatees died last year. Click below to watch it, and be sure to visit this link for the original story.

Video by The Revelator about the dramatic rise in Florida manatee mortalities in 2018.

18 Thoughts

  1. A dead anteater was in the road yesterday, and seeing just one was difficult – one less amazing animal, thanks an accidental collision w/modern man. It’s hard to comprehend so many manatee deaths – so final – and again, because the balance/harmony is no longer healthy. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. This is tragic and so very sad dear Josh, and do you know what is so sad too, we watch… we watch… I wished I could ba able to do something with them, with them all… I hope and wish they stop this… Thank you dear Josh, have a nice day and enjoyable weekend, Love, nia

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    1. Hi, and thanks for your concern. The easiest thing we can do is to drive our boats slowly in area where manatees live, to reduce our chances of hitting them. Unfortunately, I’m not sure what causes the toxic algae blooms that are killing manatees, so I’m not sure what to do about those.

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        1. Hi Pradish, I’m not entirely sure if high temperatures influence toxic algal blooms in Florida. I’m pretty sure that heat is a factor in the growth of algae in inland lakes, but it might be different in the oceans. Also, nutrient levels in the water likely play a role: more chemicals in the water from runoff and other pollution could potentially spur algal growth. This is a topic I know little about, however!

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