Saturday, May 15, 2021

Caring Causes: Adopt-A-Manatee

 Adopt-A-Manatee from Save the Manatee Club give the gift of helping to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations to come.

Each symbolic manatee adoption includes a biography and photograph of a real-life Florida manatee identified by researchers. Choose a manatee with a unique name, like “Flash,” known to speed away quickly when spooked, or one with a special story, like “Nick,” known for traveling the opposite way of most migrating manatees. Along with a personalized adoption certificate, sponsors will also receive a passport wallet with each $35 adoption, for a limited time.

Why adopt a manatee? Manatees and their habitat are in peril, and they need our support. More manatees have died so far in 2021 than in all of 2020 – over 700 individuals – due to starvation and loss of habitat, watercraft collisions, cold temperatures, and other threats. Harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon on the east coast of Florida, a critical habitat for manatees, have decimated the seagrasses and aquatic vegetation that manatees need to eat. Save the Manatee Club is working with conservation partners and state and federal agencies to study the problem, support seagrass and submerged aquatic vegetation restoration, work together on manatee rescues and rehabilitation, and advocate for stronger manatee and habitat protections.

  “While manatees are herbivores and do not have prey or predators, they are an essential component of the aquatic ecosystems in which they live,” explains Patrick Rose, Aquatic Biologist and Executive Director for Save the Manatee Club. “Manatees act as indicator species, and if their health is poor, then the health of the vegetation and invertebrates in their environment is also at risk.” Without healthy manatees and seagrasses, dad’s favorite activities, like saltwater fishing or relaxing by beautiful waterways, might change for the worse. An Adopt-A-Manatee gift supports protections for these essential habitats.

You can order by June 6th for delivery by Father’s Day. Personalized adoption certificates are also instantly emailed, so manatee adoptions make a great last-minute gift! Visit or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646) to join Save the Manatee Club.

  Save the Manatee Club was founded in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat. For more information about manatees and the Club’s efforts, go to or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).

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