As confirmed by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2009 has been a bad year for the endangered Manatees, as a record number of them died in the Florida waters this year.
According to a report released on Friday, the organization has pointed out that it’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has managed to document a total of 419 manatee deaths in Florida waters between January 1 and December 11, which is the most for any year recorded since the track keeping began in 1974.
2006 was the last worst year recorded for the endangered species, with 417 of them dying, but a “lower-than-average” 317 deaths were reported for 2008.
The commission has, however, been quick to warn that manatee death can show huge swings on year-to-year basis and one particular year’s statistics should not be read too much into.
The report has also revealed that about 94 of the death were boat related 13% more as compared to last year, which has led the conservation groups to call for better management of the issue.
Statistics given in the recent report are just preliminary numbers, and a final report with absolute statistics will be released during the first week of January.