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West Indies Manatee

Florida's Sea Cow on the Indian River Lagoon

Thursday October 19, 2017

Florida's native species, the West Indies Manatee has a special place in the hearts and minds of Floridians who love and frequent it's waterways. "I've lived in Brevard County on central Florida's east coast and I've watched the manatee population explode over the last 50 years as manatees have been protected and enjoyed human intervention in the form of power plant warm water output and slow boating zones created to protect the manatee from boating collisions and exposure to central Florida's cold winters," explains Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Charters. "We rarely saw manatees in the 60's and 70's when living on the Banana and Indian River Lagoons on Merritt Island during that time. Stringent enforcement of manatee zones where boaters must idle have been a beneficial to the manatee, but more so to the health and welfare of the lagoon wildlife itself."

Manatees are an awesome attraction to Florida's waterways... they are gentle herbavores that seemingly have a natural curiosity toward humans. "My first encounter with a manatee was watching my sister sitting on a dock with her feet hanging down get touched on her toes by a whiskered sirenia coming up to see what she was about," Captain Richard talks about manatees at Sebastian in the late 60's. "The memory of her distress still makes me giggle to this day. Our family adores and loves manatees even though we don't agree with the agendas of the Save the Manatee Organization, it would be a tragic to loose our manatees in Florida."

...enter Save The Manatee Org...

It appears that the mission of the Save the Manatee Organization and it's officers is to maintain the integrity of their "non-profit organization". You must remember that a non-profit organization pays it's officers and in this case large salaries. This organization raises money from state License Plates, Federal school systems that allow students to adopt manatees, selling calendars, plush toys, paraphernalia and in recent years has even enlisted and allowed famous celebrities to participate by singing and raising awareness for a piece of the pie (jimmy Buffet). We all love Jimmy Buffet's music, books, parrot head shirts, hats, toys, etc...

Understand this: Save the Manatee Org's main job is not to recover the manatee or allow it to go extinct... either of those would simply dry up the money for the cash hungry organization that has to donate very little back to the cause. Save The Manatee's main job is to hold the manatee in a constant state of endangered to keep the cash flow coming to their cash hungry officers. SAVE THE MANATEE is a donation driven organization that thrives on millions of dollars donated to the officers of the company.

Several years ago the Florida Wildlife Commission requested the manatee be downgraded from endangered to protected as they determined that the animal was in no danger of peril for the next 100 years.  This attempt was thwarted by special interest groups in particular the Save The Manatee Organization as they sued and lobbied the federal government to continue their cause. Make no mistake, the Save The Manatee non-profit organization is totally motivated by profits, just as the non-profit mega churches pay their pastors and associates huge salaries. The manatee HAS recovered and there is large evidence that they are over-populated in many areas as sea grass is being devoured at disastrous rates.


Looking at Manatees Way of Life on the Indian River Lagoon in the Central Florida Area. These sea cows are all over the lagoons of the Space Coast waters.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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