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Swimming slowly through coastal waters in Florida, the Caribbean and West Africa, these gentle plant eaters, who inspired the mermaid myth, face threats throughout their range from pollution, loss of habitat and death from boat collisions and fishing gear entanglement.

 

The Struggle to Keep Manatees Safe

Florida manatees need Endangered Species Act protections to survive the intensifying threats to their survival, but boating groups have continued to challenge the need for these protections.

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