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Officials: Florida plan has fed manatees 25 tons of lettuce

Curt Anderson of AP News reports on a Florida plan that has fed manatees 25 tons of lettuce.

The C3 Take
  • Last year 1,101 manatee deaths were recorded, with starvation being the leading cause of death.
  • A pilot program in Florida is looking to save manatees by providing food to the animals.
  • Florida’s citizens donate romaine lettuce to wildlife officials who then feed the manatees.
  • Local conservation efforts are essential to preserving our natural habitat.

“Officials say the feeding program involving donated romaine lettuce at a Florida Power & Light plant on the east coast is attracting about 300 to 350 manatees per day. It’s been as many as 800 manatees at times, sometimes less than 60 as they move around the waterways.”

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