March 30, 2022

Every year on the last Wednesday of March, it’s Manatee Appreciation Day, a day dedicated to learning about, appreciating, and helping these gentle giants. Manatees continue to face many threats, from habitat loss to watercraft collisions. Save the Manatee Club is commemorating Manatee Appreciation Day this year by sharing things like manatee facts, videos, and quizzes all day as well as information on how you can take action to help them from anywhere in the world.

Habitat and Restoration Fund

This year, we are also raising funds to support habitat restoration for manatees. In recent years, many manatees have died because of seagrass loss in the Indian River Lagoon. These funds will support efforts like the restoration of filter feeding organisms and selective pilot seagrass restoration projects; aid with logistics and funding for aquatic and aerial surveys to assess the health of manatees and identify the areas in need of critical action; and support seagrass and submerged aquatic vegetation planting projects by our conservation partners.

Featured Video

Learn all about West Indian manatees in this short video.



David Schrichte manatee photo
The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds.



Manatee Lesley awaits release back into the wild in January 2021.
Lesley, part of our Adopt-A-Manatee® program, awaits release back into the wild at Blue Spring State Park in January 2021.

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