Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009: Record Year for Manatee Death in Florida

Press Release and Photo from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

December 18, 2009
Contact: Carli Segelson
Phone: 727-896-8626

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented 419 manatee carcasses in state waters as of Dec. 11. This preliminary data indicates that the total number of manatee deaths for 2009 has surpassed the highest number on record for a calendar year.

Preliminary totals for 2009 will be available on Wednesday, Jan. 6, unless there is an unusually high number of manatee carcasses reported in the next two weeks. A statewide perspective on these numbers, including category breakdowns will be available at that time.

To report a dead or distressed manatee, call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). For additional information about manatee conservation, visit For more information on manatee mortality research, visit

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