OUR tax dollars hard @ work here also!
If the Manatee is SOOO endangered, why does the state ALLOW people to swim with them? It would seem that this Human/Manatee interaction would teach the Manatee that man is nothing to be afraid of? YET, the $MC spouts that MAN is the Manatees No. 1 Enemy. It would seem to me that a better way to help the Manatee AVOID it's #1 enemy, would be to NOT Re-enforce this type of interaction?!
Don't get me wrong, I think we humans have a right to use/swim in the Blue water springs, it's just another example of the $MC, USFWS, and FFWCC CONFLICTING, UNSCIENTIIFIC approach to Manatee protection.
And if you caught out in the open waterways swimming w/ Manatees, it can be considered, HARASSMENT, which is a possible $5000.00 fine and 1 year in jail!!