I'm sure many of you have heard that Manatees have been "removed from the endangered species list".
Good news. Yes? Yes. But ...
Manatees have made a comeback in recent years due to the enforcement of restrictive boating policies in specific rivers and waterways along Florida's coastline where these mammals congregate for wintering. As a result of these successful policies, Manatees are doing well.
There are four (4) species of Manatees worldwide. We are talking about the West Indian Manatee, otherwise known as the Florida Manatee.
West Indian Manatees were NOT REMOVED from the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. They were DOWNGRADED TO VULNERABLE until such time it can be determined if the downgrade is valid. If it is, great. But they are still threatened.
The IUCN classifications are:
- Extinct in the wild
- Critically Endangered
- Least Concern
It is worth noting that members of the Florida state legislature have already introduced bills aimed at killing the boating speed restrictions put in place to save the manatees.