The record number of manatees of Florida's waters mean two excellent things for the species and the environment.
Recently, the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission published their count of the record number of manatees off Florida's coasts. The number, only rivaled by last year's 6,063 manatees, is set at more than 6,200.
"Almost 3,300 were counted on Florida's east coast, and almost 3,000 manatees were counted on the state's west coast." This number, increased from last year, signals that the overall health of the manatee population is improving. Whether or not the species will enter a decline yet is unclear, but officials are hopeful for steady growth.
Only twice on record have the population of the manatees reached over 6,000, and this annual count done by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission reflects only the minimal number of manatees in the area. Oftentimes, more manatees are around, but instead go undetected.
Coming away with a higher count not only speaks to the health of the manatees, but also to the awesome visibility in the waters off Florida's coasts for the count to occur in the first place.
The high count and excellent visibility in general also points to the broader point that conservation efforts across the state have been and will continue to be successful in a variety of ways.