Starvation is killing off the popular and adorable Florida manatees. These majestic marine mammals are being put in danger of going extinct. Just last year alone, officials recorded upwards of 1,100 dead Florida manatees — more than ever before. And in just January and February of this year, more than 300 manatees have been recorded dead. Before these epic die-offs even began, the manatees were already officially listed as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.
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The lack of food is most prevalent in Indian River Lagoon, a 150-mile-long saltwater estuary where more than 90% of the seagrass, the manatee’s main food source, has died, says NPR. Efforts are underway to improve water quality — by addressing issues caused by septic tanks, sewage, and fertilizer runoff in Indian River Lagoon. However, this process is time-consuming, and there’s no time to waste. Sign this petition to demand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take action immediately!
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Urge the US Government to Address the Extinction Crisis
- Tell Congress to Protect Whales by Addressing Climate Change
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