|Male manatee Trinidad is getting accustomed to his new rehabilitation pool at SeaWorld Orlando. Credit: SeaWorld|
Manatees have attracted a good bit of attention lately. The endangered animal faces many threats, both natural and man-made. Exposure to red tide, cold stress and disease are all natural problems that can affect manatees. Human-caused threats include boat strikes, crushing by flood gates or locks, and entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear. But 20 manatees are still alive today, thanks to the hard work of many people.