Some push for Florida manatee to be reclassified as an endangered species

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — November is Manatee Awareness Month.


Some animal advocates say Florida manatees need stronger protections.

Some wildlife experts say the gentle creatures are getting closer to the brink of extinction.

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Officials said almost 500 manatees have died this year and right now, there are only about 3,000 manatees left.

There’s also a shortage of seagrass, which is the main food source for the mammals.

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The natural food shortage has led to mass starvation.

The federal government is now deciding whether to change to manatee’s status from threatened to endangered.

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