"We have a record number this year. We have 150 more manatees here than have ever been recorded in the past."
— Scuba Diving Mag (@scubadivingmag) February 9, 2016
"It's almost like a bear hibernating in a cave," Ivan Vicente, a visitor services specialist with the Fish and Wildlife Service, told CNN on Tuesday.
"They do sleep for over a whole day. When they do wake up, there's very minor movements and very little activity, and then they just go back to sleep."
— Discovery Canada (@DiscoveryCanada) February 9, 2016
The Save the Manatee Club does not believe the manatee is ready to be delisted. It states that the Fish and Wildlife Service for Florida's decision is based on a computer model which "does not deal with loss of habitat due to waterfront development."
"There is no long-term plan for the anticipated loss of artificial winter warm water habitat on which more than 60% of the Florida manatee population depends."
According to Katie Tripp, Ph.D. Director of Science & Conservation for Save the Manatee Club, more factors need to be considered before delisting the manatee. The increase in human population, more activity of boats and watercraft, and the loss of habitat all pose great threats to the species. "Hospital patients don't get moved out of the ICU before the test results are in.
"Natural springs are threatened by potential reductions in flow and water quality... Power plants, which provide winter refuges for a majority of the Florida manatee population, are not permanent reliable sources of warm water."