Record Number of Manatees Killed in Florida

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Manatee bearing scars on its back from a boat propeller.

The State of Florida has counted a record number of manatees killed by boaters in 2018.

Watercraft are blamed for killing 121 manatees.

In total 823 total manatee deaths were recorded.

The Florida manatee population is designated as "threatened."

Another cause of manatee deaths is red tides.

The main causes of death for manatees are human-related issues, such as habitat destruction and human objects. Natural causes of death include adverse temperatures, predation by crocodiles on young, and disease.

The Team

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