While the gentle sea cows have escaped their endangered status, they are still classified as threatened, which means that they are no longer thought to be in imminent danger of extinction.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced that the West Indian manatee has been delisted as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act. However, animal groups are not happy, saying the decision may result to greater threats.
Paleontologists finally have the key to filling in the gaps in sea cow evolution: the fossil of an ancient manatee in a slab of pavement on a Spanish street. The fossil was found in the stone slabs that had been laid down over two decades ago in the town of Girona in northern Spain.
Veterinarians at Mystic Aquarium were surprised when they realized that the International Fund for Animal Welfare did not just rescue one manatee from the cool waters of Falmouth. As it turns out, the manatee is actually pregnant.
Efforts are being undertaken to get Manatees back in the Caribbean after being endangered. The Singapore Zoo recently released two young manatees to the island region as part of a repopulation project for the endangered sea cows led by the Guadeloupe National Park.
A record-breaking 6,250 manatees were recently counted during aerial surveys in Florida. While this is good news for the threatened animals, conservationists warn the population boom is likely a result of warmer waters, rather than a sign of recovery.
A record 6,063 manatees were spotted in Florida this winter during the state's annual aerial survey, announced the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC).
In what can best be described as the most adorable invasion ever, hundreds of manatees recently took over a wildlife refuge in Florida, prompting the place to shut down.
After months of deadly red blooms of the western coast of Florida, Manatees across the peninsula are starting to follow suit.