Manatees—so gentle, so peaceful—could disappear on our watch.
In 2013, over 800 manatees lost their lives in Florida waters—more than 15 percent of the estimated population of 5,000. The worst year on record.
Seagrasses provides food, habitat and nursery areas for approximately 70 percent of all sea life, including manatees. But sadly, we’ve now lost almost a third of all seagrass worldwide.
Ocean Conservancy is working to save the majestic manatee, protect important seagrasses and diminish the damaging effects of increased ocean acidity. If you care about manatees, I need you to make a donation today so we can continue these lifesaving programs.
We can protect the beloved Florida manatee by restoring critical seagrasses and reducing the harmful effects of carbon pollution.
Let me connect the dots between the manatee, the seagrass and Ocean Conservancy’s work to combat ocean acidification.
For centuries, the West Indian Manatee—a peaceful gentle giant that lives in Florida’s brackish streams and coastal waters—has enchanted those fortunate to see it up close.
Affectionately dubbed sea cows, manatees, so enormous in size, are strict vegetarians. They need warm waters to thrive. They swim three to five miles an hour and reproduce once in two or three years.
The manatee’s seagrass home, a hallmark of Florida waters, absorb up to twice as much carbon as the world’s temperate and tropical forests, but they occupy only a sliver of the world’s oceans. In essence, seagrasses “take it on the chin” for carbon pollution—helping to protect the ocean against acidity that damages coral reefs, shells and the skeletons of tiny ocean animals so critical to the ocean web of life.
We critically need more seagrass to lessen the impact of carbon pollution—and to feed the manatees that depend on it for a major portion of their sustenance.
We’ve made it a priority to fight acidification and keep the ocean blue. We need your help now to keep the pressure on—and save the playful manatee, the critical seagrasses and our beloved ocean while we do.
Director, Ocean Acidification Program