But don't worry. There's a cute side to the story. Thanks to a warmer winter, fewer manatees died in Florida waters this year than in the past few years.
Clearly, manatees shall inherit the Earth. Accept them as our new overlords now.
|Save a manatee: slow down your boat|
|Photo by Kit Curtin|
|A manatee with a strikingly well designed piece of canal garbage. (Not a posed photo, Curtin says.)|
In a murky, garbage-strewn canal next to a dilapidated apartment complex, a mossy-colored beast breaks the water's surface. The manatee looks as out of place in this hood as a three-piece-suit-clad banker chillin' at Churchill's.
Kit Curtin, a veteran biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says it ain't easy being a manatee in the big city, but there are hundreds in the waterways. "This might be the only place in Miami where manatees can sleep in peace," she says. Now the manatees face a new threat: the loss of Curtin, whose federal grants have evaporated in the recession.More »
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