How many manatees can you pack in there?

During cold spells, manatees aggregate in warm water springs to survive. The minimum flows and levels established for these flowing systems must leave enough depth and water space for the half-ton marine mammals. Not a problem; just don’t issue water use permits that would lower flows and squeeze manatee box equivalents too hard:


SWFWMD, Recommended Minimum Flows For the Chassahowitzka River System, October 30, 2012, p. 80.

That is just an illustration of space requirements, not a coffin. Pack ’em in.


How many manatees can you pack in there? — 6 Comments

  1. Tom, Manatees don’t pay taxes, cannot contribute to campaigns, and do not vote.’Nough said?

    So far, I have not seen any of the Tally boys and girls supporting anything environmental. I hope I am wrong.

  2. The minimum level (not flow) set for Fanning Springs has a 14% manatee take built into it. The FDEP and Suwannee River Water Management District realize that if the river is too low and the spring isn’t flowing enough that 14% of the manatees entering the spring for protection from the cold will die. They even dredged the spring run so it would be a little deeper to accommodate more animals (along with the boats the drive over them). The next insult is the fact that there is not a scrap of any edible vegetation there for the animals so they are forced to forage out in the 50 degree river on the coldest days. Our lawmakers are mercenaries who are murdering our way of life and our natural world.

  3. It’s a good thing the wild manatees are packing themselves into this WMD defined sardine can. No way those dimensions meet the legal requirements for animals kept in captivity. [ ]

  4. Is this a situation that the Center for Biodiversity could help with legally?

    • Rather doubt it. For what it’s worth, the volumetric method survived FWC and Peer Review.

  5. Manatees bring in tourist and tourist dollars. Why can’t the politicians realize that this is good for the economy.