Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Secure a permanent winter sanctuary for manatees
Every year, thousands of people put the manatee at risk by unknowingly invading its natural habitat. This usually occurs during winter, between the months of November through March, when the water temperature drops below 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) in certain areas. In order to survive, the manatees migrate from these waters towards natural springs, where it is usually warmer. This is necessary because they cannot handle the cold for very long periods of time. Despite having a thick layer of skin, they are especially susceptible to cold-related diseases and many die from prolonged exposure every year.
This is why we must protect their winter homes, such as the Three Sisters Springs in Kings Bay, Florida. Unfortunately, these areas have increasingly become tourist attractions. Huge numbers of people gather in the waters every year to get a closer encounter with the manatees. Although the manatees are peaceful creatures, their migration to these warmer waters is necessary for their survival. What they really need is to be left undisturbed.
The Center for Biological Diversity is partnering with Save the Manatee Club to ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make Three Sisters Spring a permanent sanctuary for the manatees and to also enforce a no-touch policy. By signing this petition, you are supporting the goal of providing the manatees with a safe, reserved area.
Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Manatees need a safe sanctuary to ensure their survival. Every year, when temperatures drop during the winter, the manatees migrate to natural springs where there is warmer water. One such place is Three Sister Springs, in Kings Bay Florida.
Unfortunately, the area has largely become a tourist attraction. People gather in the waters in order to get a closer encounter with these creatures. Alth0ugh they are gentle and peaceful, what the manatees really need is to be left alone. They migrate every year solely to ensure their survival, but are bombarded by tourists instead.
This is why we are urging you to make Three Sister Springs a permanent winter sanctuary for these manatees and to also enforce a no-touch policy there. By reserving this area, you are ensuring that the manatees have a safe place to stay until the winter is over.
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