An endangered Antillean manatee @dallas_world_aquarium
in Dallas, Texas.
While manatees have no natural predators, they have seen declines in their numbers due to human activities. In Florida, this species was historically hunted by Native Americans and later by European inhabitants. In other range countries, the Antillean manatee was previously exploited commercially, and in some areas illegal poaching continues to pose a threat. Manatee conservation efforts can be traced back to the eighteenth century, when the English established parts of what is now the state of Florida as marine sanctuaries for the species. In 1893 a state law was established to protect the manatee, and in the 1970’s they gained additional protection from the U.S. Marine Mammal Act, the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act.
Today, manatees face major threats from collisions with motorboats, becoming entangled in fishing nets, and the loss of vegetated sea beds due to agricultural and industrial runoff. With a low reproductive rate and an average gestation period (time in the womb) of 12 months, it becomes quite difficult for this species to see quick rebounds in its population numbers when hit with heavy losses.
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