According to Florida’s officials, Florida’s green sea turtles and manatees are no longer endangered. This news comes after their alarmingly low numbers have started to increase.
In 1991, the manatees have been considered close to extinction and have been offered protection by the Endangered Species Act. Since then, the population increased, going from 1,267 manatees to approximately 6,300. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reported on January 7 that the species is no longer considered endangered, just threatened. Florida’s officials have already started reconsidering the boating speed in the areas close to the manatees.
The manatees are large herbivorous mammals that are fully aquatic, and they are also known as sea cows. They can grow up to 13 feet and they can weigh even 1,300 pounds. Their name comes from a word used by the Caribbean people, manati, which means breast. Manatees are considered to be solitary animals and they spend half of their day sleeping. The manatees found in Florida can live up to 60 years.
The same thing happened with the green sea turtle population. 198 nests created by the green sea turtles have been discovered by scientists in 2001, in the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge. When researchers went to see how the green sea turtle population was doing, they discovered no more than 14,152 nests. After the discovery of the increased population, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have decided that this species of turtles should be considered threatened, but in no way endangered. This applies only to the green sea turtles in Mexico’s pacific coast and in Florida.
The green sea turtle is also known as the black turtle and the green turtle and is a large sea turtle. The name of this species comes from the fact that the fat of these turtles is green. Most people believe that their shells or their skin is green, but their shells actually vary from olive to black. The green sea turtles live in the subtropical and tropical areas of the world. They are at risk in some countries where the turtles and their eggs are used for food. Also, many turtles are found in fishing nets, where they die.
As Florida’s green sea turtles and manatees are no longer endangered, many critics rose to question this decision. According to a professor at the Central Florida University, Llewellyn Ehrhart, this decision could lead to the extinction of these species. Erhart said that the decision doesn’t make much sense, as the species will need to be considered endangered again and offered more protection, once the people are going to exploit them and their populations are going to decrease.
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