FLORIDA — A manatee gave birth to twins in the waters off a Florida natural park, an “extremely rare” occurrence among these marine mammals, the Save the Manatee Club organization and local media reported Thursday.
The birth took place at Blue Spring Natural Park in central Florida, and “both pups seem to be doing fine,” according to the animal rescue organization in a message on their social networks, where they reported the upcoming celebration of “one” . baby shower” and uploaded photos of the baby manatee with its mother.
Save the Manatee Club has launched a fundraising campaign in favor of these native and emblematic Florida animals, which, according to scientists, are suffering from habitat degradation due to human action.
Eight hundred manatees are expected to die in the southern state during the year 2022, according to state officials, down from the previous year’s record of 1,100 deaths, but still high and above the average of the past five years.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), there have been an average of 741 manatee deaths annually since 2017.
So far this year, 45 manatees have died between January 1 and January 13, according to the FWC.
The lack of the sea grasses it eats has resulted in starvation deaths and cases of chronic malnutrition, which has forced the authorities to implement a supplementary feeding program in the winter months from 2022, mainly From is based on salad.
In the same months, in response to what the FWC calls an “unusual mortality event”, Florida maintains a response center with warm waters at Cape Canaveral on the state’s east coast, where rescued humans are cared for.
State officials on Wednesday were “cautiously optimistic” in light of the fact that the death toll for the month of December was lower than in previous years, as were those who died of starvation.
This native species officially ceased to be endangered and protected in 2017, as its population has increased in recent years to more than 7,500 individuals, thanks to measures to establish manatee conservation areas and low-speed zones for boats and awareness campaigns. Thank you for.
The current situation has led conservationists to call for it to be put back on the endangered species list.
For now, state Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order this month authorizing $3.5 billion to restore the Everglades wetlands and other Florida natural resources, including $100 million to improve water quality is included. ,