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Current Manatee News Features

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!

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

Governor Signs Manatee Awareness Month Proclamation

Report Manatees Sighted Outside of Florida

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

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

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

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

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

Manatee Calf Found Dead In Jacksonville Storm Drain
Read more in The Florida Times-Union

Young Manatee Discovered In TCI Waters
Read more in the Turks and Caicos Weekly News

Stockton Mayor Floats An Idea: Bring In Manatees
Read more at, including an interview Patrick Rose,
SMC Executive Director

Florida Passes Conservation Amendment
Read more at 10News

Manatee Season Starts Saturday: King's Bay Sanctuaries Open
Read more in the Citrus County Chronicle

Cadbury Joins Stubby In Columbus Zoo's Manatee Tank
Read more in The Columbus Dispatch

Make Way For Manatees Month
See a photo slideshow at Discovery News

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

SOS NOW Petitions Court to Compel Vinyard Response on Rule Legality

Sign the Floridians' Clean Water Declaration!

The Indian River Lagoon: An Estuary In Distress
Get more information and current lagoon news from
the St. Johns River River Water Management District

Manatee Calf Loses Flipper Entangled In Crab Trap
Read more at Bay News 9
Thank you to FWC and Lowry Park Zoo staff!
If you spot an injured manatee or other wildlife in distress please call 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) immediately.

Beached Manatee Suffered Effects Of Red Tide
Read more and see video at NBC2
Many thanks to the Bokeelia residents and FWC staff who helped to rescue the manatee!

Manatees' Tale Has A Happy Ending
Read more in the St. Petersburg Tribune

Manatees Ready For Spotlight As Viewing Center Reopens
Read more in the Tampa Tribune

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

Don't Weaken Manatee Protections
Read an editorial from the Tampa Bay Times

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 .

November 29, 2014
‘Our Treasures Sale’ –
Benefit for the Manatees
GFWC Temple Terrace Woman’s Club
Woodmont Clubhouse
415 Woodmont Ave.
Temple Terrace, FL
8 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For more info, e-mail:

December 13, 2014

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

January 17, 2015
Manatee Presentation -
By SMC's Dr. Katie Tripp
New Smyrna Beach Library
New Smyrna Beach, FL
1:00 p.m. - 2 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>>