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2013-01-29 23:00:15

An article recently published in the Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 94 Issue 6 focuses on the struggling Florida manatee population and analyzes the factors pertaining to their decline. (PRWEB) January 29, 2013 Journal of Mammalogy — There is a better than 49 percent probability that the Florida manatee population will fall below 500 individual animals in the next 100 years, according to one analysis. One of the factors that can drive population decline is a lack of genetic diversity....

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2011-04-24 16:15:00

Change view of water temperature during time when first modern mammals emergedWhat tales they tell of their former lives, these old bones of sirenians, relatives of today's dugongs and manatees.And now, geologists have found, they tell of the waters in which they swam.While researching the evolutionary ecology of ancient sirenians--commonly known as sea cows--scientist Mark Clementz and colleagues unexpectedly stumbled across data that could change the view of climate during the Eocene Epoch,...

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2010-09-13 19:20:42

Two Belize Populations Offer Opportunity in a Desert of Genetic DiversityThe first genetic study to compare nuclear DNA of endangered Antillean manatees in Belize with Florida manatees confirmed their designation as separate subspecies. Belize's manatees, however, were found to have extremely low genetic diversity, raising questions about their long-term genetic viability.The Central American country of Belize hosts the largest known breeding population of Antillean manatees and is touted by...

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2010-06-18 11:10:00

The BP oil spill is becoming a threat to the manatee population as it creeps closer to the Crystal River. Boat tours are given on the Crystal River so people can see the manatees and swim with them.  If the oil makes it into the river, then it would threaten about 1,000 manatees. "We do know that the oil is toxic and depending on how weathered it is, it can have a lot of harmful effects if manatees come in contact with it," Patrick Rose, executive director of Save the Manatee Club,...

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2009-12-25 07:35:03

Only in recent years have scientists figured out that the secretive Amazonian manatee migrates from shallow to deeper waters. The manatees make this dangerous journey to avoid exposure to predatory attack during the low-water season. Scientists speculate that these peaceful creatures may be at an even greater danger than thought, as migration and low-water levels make them easily accessible to hunters. Caimans, jaguars, and humans are all threats to the manatee. Even though hunting manatees...

2009-09-14 14:05:12

Officials in Dennis, Mass., said a Florida manatee has been spotted at Sesuit Harbor for the second consecutive year. Harbor Master Terry Clen said he learned Saturday that a male manatee was seen in the same harbor that was visited by a manatee last year, the Cape Cod (Mass.) Times reported Monday. Clen said the manatee last year, dubbed Dennis the Manatee by residents, died during a rescue attempt Oct. 12 after it remained in the harbor too long and began to show signs of life-threatening...

2008-06-16 06:00:16

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jun. 16--Florida's wildlife managers are contemplating a fresh approach to the difficult business of deciding whether the West Indian manatee and dozens of other critters are endangered or threatened: Let somebody else do it -- namely, the federal government. In a move aimed at quelling a decade of impassioned debate over the status of the manatee and, by extension, the state's entire controversial system for ranking imperiled species, the Florida...

2006-08-07 18:17:18

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Yorkers are known to head south to vacation, but at least one Floridian had an urge to come north to see the big city. Marine preservationists said a manatee had swam up the Hudson River past Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and then 100 miles upstate. It was the first confirmed sighting of the mammal in New York in 10 years. The manatee was filmed by boaters late last month in New Jersey and Delaware and has since been spotted by at least five different...

2006-02-15 18:47:01

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Manatee deaths jumped by a third in January compared with the same month last year, but exactly what killed half the animals remains unknown, state wildlife officials said. Last month, 48 of the endangered animals are known to have died statewide, 12 more than in January 2005. Half of the deaths were listed as cause unknown because the manatees' bodies were decomposed when they were retrieved, said Ken Arrison, a biologist with the state's Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab in...


Latest West Indian Manatee Reference Libraries

African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis
2012-06-19 13:45:47

The African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is thought to be similar to the West Indian manatee. Its other common names include the seacow and the West African manatee. It is native to Africa, specifically Senegal to Angola and West Africa. Its range also includes Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ghana, among other regions. They can live in many water habitats including freshwater, oceans, brackish water, and lagoons. However, they will not live anywhere with a temperature...

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2007-06-25 08:20:58

The West Indian Manatee, Trichechus manatus, is the largest surviving member of the aquatic mammal order Sirenia. It is found along the coastal waters of the West Indies, generally in shallow areas. However, it is known to withstand large changes in water salinity, and so have also been found in shallow rivers and estuaries. These animals are limited to the tropics and subtropics due to an extremely low metabolic rate and lack of thick insulating body fat. Although in the summer they can be...

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