Manatee Deaths in Florida Approaching Record Levels

A new report says manatee deaths in Florida are at record levels. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says there have been 957 deaths trough September. Experts believe the spike may be brought on by pollution that is killing off the manatees’ food supply, causing starvation. Data shows that one-third of the deaths are considered calves, younger manatees who still depend on their mother. Florida’s Brevard and Lee counties are the most common areas for watercraft deaths. A bill in Congress would focus more attention and resources by putting the manatee back on the Endangered Species List.