We are proud to announce two additions to our class family--our adopted West Indian
manatees, Amanda and Flash. Amanda lives at Homosassa Springs State Park due to
very bad injuries from a motorboat. She cannot be released into the wild. She is
a bit of a "ham", loves carrots and vitamin "treats", and will splash the park rangers
for attention! Flash is a very large male, known to spend the winter months in Blue
Springs State Park, near Orange City, Florida, since 1997. He is very shy, and will
take off in a "flash" if disturbed. He likes to stay away from humans, but will
sometimes travel with other manatees.
Manatees are endangered because of injuries they suffer from motorboats and other
watercrafts, which travel in the shallow waters where the manatees live. Almost
every manatee has scars or other marks from past collisions with boats and propellers.
Researchers identify them by their scar patterns.
Our class is proud to be doing our part to save the manatees!