Slow moving, non-aggressive, and generally curious creatures, the manatee is an animal that has attracted public curiosity for decades. And while many of the 1,500 pound animals had been killed in the past for their meat and through boating accidents, things are beginning to look up for this aptly named sea cow. According to Environment and Climate News, Florida is considering moving the status of the manatee up from endangered to only threatened, as its numbers have increased from some 1,200 in the 1980’s to over 3,000 today. With new plans to continue monitoring boating speeds and retrofitting old water management gates, this is one successful cow story we can all moo about.
November 18, 2009 by CFACT,
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