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Current Manatee News Features

Calling All Holiday Shoppers – Adopt-A-Manatee®!

Manatees Depend On Healthy Water
Read an article in The Daytona Beach News-Journal, featuring an interview
with Dr. Katie Tripp, SMC Director of Science and Conservation

Sign the Floridians' Clean Water Declaration!

Indian River Lagoon Update
Get information and current lagoon news from
the St. Johns River River Water Management District

New Rules At Three Sisters Springs: Steps Aimed To Protect Chilly Manatees
Read more at the Citrus County Chronicle

Manatee Viewing Center To Open In Riviera Beach
Read more in the Sun Sentinel

Cold Snap Sends Manatees To Volusia's Blue Spring In Record Numbers
Read an article in the Daytona Beach News Journal, featuring an interview with
Wayne Hartley, Save the Manatee Club's Manatee Specialist

Manatee Rescued Friday Near St. Johns River
Read more and see a photo in the St. Augustine Record
Thank you to all the rescue staff and volunteers!

SeaWorld Orlando Caring For Rescued Manatee And Sea Turtle
Read more and see photos at Bay News 9

Manatee Rescued From The Cold Waters Of Trinity Bay In Texas
Read more from the Houston Chronicle
Many thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network,
Chambers County Sheriff's Office, and all the volunteers!

Rescued Manatee Slowly Recovers At SeaWorld San Antonio
Read an update on the manatee rescued from Trinity Bay in the San Antonio Express-News

Report Manatees Sighted Outside of Florida

Responsible Manatee Viewing

8 Things You Didn't Know About Manatees
From the PBS NewsHour, featuring an interview with Patrick Rose, SMC Executive Director

Free 30-Second Holiday Manatee Adoption PSA
Radio stations across the country are encouraged to air the Club’s 30-second holiday
manatee adoption PSA, voiced and produced by Bill Jacobs and Laurie Jacobson at
WRDV in Pennsylvania and kindly donated to Save the Manatee Club.
Click the link above to listen to the PSA. If you are interested in obtaining a copy to air,
please contact Janice Nearing at

The Rescue Of Creedence And Rev

Meet A Manatee: Whiskers

Manatee Sightings

How Did Manatees Inspire Mermaid Legends?
Read more from National Geographic

Manatees Making Move To Warmer Waters
Get manatee protection tips in the Clearwater Gazette

Coastal Residents In Alabama Urged To Report Manatee Sightings
As Water Temperatures Fall

Alabama residents should report any sightings to 1-866-493-5803,, or online at

App Alert Designed To Help Manatees

Cooler Weather Gets Manatees Moving
Read more in the The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Follow Rules For Manatee Interaction
Read an editorial in the Citrus County Chronicle

Indian River Lagoon Seagrass Showing Signs Of Recovery
Read more in Florida Today

Project Near TECO Canal Raises Fears About Manatee Safety

Read an article from The Tampa Tribune, including an interview with Dr. Katie Tripp,
Save the Manatee Club's Director of Science and Conservation

Ad2 Orlando Announces Save The Manatee Club As Pro Bono Campaign Recipient
Read the press release

Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested
Read or listen to the story on NPR, featuring an interview with Patrick Rose,
Save the Manatee Club Executive Director

Senator Nelson to USFWS: Maintain Classification As Endangered
Read a letter from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to
"...maintain the Florida Manatee's classification as 'endangered,' a classification that is clearly
required under current environmental conditions and the law." Save the Manatee Club
sincerely thanks Senator Nelson for his strong support.

Possible Manatee Status Change Strikes Balance For Supporters, Worries Environmentalists
Read an article in the Daytona Beach News Journal, featuring an interview with
Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club Executive Director

Manatee Review Should Consider ALL the Facts
Read an op-ed by Katie Tripp, Director of Science and Conservation for Save the
Manatee Club

On Manatees, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Should Consider
Cautionary Tale of the Indian River Lagoon
Read an opinion-editorial piece by Nathaniel P. Reed,
former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
and current Vice Chairman of the Everglades Foundation

U.S. Rep. Castor to FWS: Protect the Florida Manatee
Read the press release and signed letter from Representative Castor and members
of the Florida congressional delegation, which lays out a poignant case for stopping
the attempt to downlist manatees. Save the Manatee Club sincerely thanks these
representatives for their strong support.

Keep Protecting Manatees
Read a letter to the editor in the Orlando Sentinel
from SMC Executive Director Patrick Rose

Manatees Could Lose Their Endangered Species Status
Read an article in the Los Angeles Times, featuring an interview with
Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club Executive Director

Why Kick A Florida Manatee When It's Down?
Read a column by Sue Carlton in the Tampa Bay Times

Keep Manatees On Endangered Species List
Read a guest column in the Herald-Tribune by Dr. James A. Powell,
Executive Director of Sea to Shore Alliance

Will Manatees Be Taken Off the Endangered List?

Listen to Florida Matters on WUSF with a panel discussion featuring Patrick Rose,
Executive Director for Save the Manatee Club; attorney Christina Martin with the
Pacific Legal Foundation; and Craig Pittman, environmental reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.

Reclassifying Florida Manatees: From 'Endangered'To 'Threatened'

Read more at Aljazeera America, including an interview with Patrick Rose,
Executive Director of Save the Manatee Club

New Pressure For Manatees
Read an article in the Tampa Bay Times, featuring an interview with Patrick Rose,
Save the Manatee Club Executive Director

Stay Safe, Manatees! Club Offers Boaters Free Banners

FWC Manatee Decals Support Conservation
Read more at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission web site

Florida's Vanishing Springs
See a multimedia presentation from the Tampa Bay Times

Family-Friendly Sign Communicates
Important Manatee Message

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. Upcoming Events .

January 17, 2015
Manatee Presentation with
SMC’s Dr. Katie Tripp
New Smyrna Beach Library
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Presentation at 1:00 p.m.
For more information, email:

January 17 & 18, 2015
Florida Manatee Festival
Downtown Crystal River, FL
Get more information>>

January 24 & 25, 2015
Blue Spring Manatee Festival
Blue Spring State Park
& Valentine Park
Orange City, FL
Get more info>>

January 26, 2015
Whale Fiesta
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
San Pedro, CA
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Get more info>>

February 21, 2015
SMC Education Day
Blue Spring State Park
Orange City, FL
10:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For more info, email:

February 21, 2015
Orlando Wetlands Festival
Ft. Christmas Park
Christmas, FL
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Get more info>>