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SAVING MANATEES by Stephen R. Swinburne


by Stephen R. Swinburne & photographed by Stephen R. Swinburne

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-59078-319-0
Publisher: Boyds Mills

Around 3,000 West Indian manatees live in Florida’s fresh- and saltwaters. These slow-moving, peaceful, vegetarian mammals are endangered by red tides and boats. Using many of his own photographs, an experienced writer/naturalist introduces these gentle giants to middle-grade readers through accounts of his own experiences: watching wild and captive manatees at Florida state parks, observing an autopsy at the Marine Mammal Pathology Laboratory and snorkeling with a dozen fourth-graders and the manatees of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. He notes the controversy over contact with wild animals and the competition between such creatures and boaters and developers. Sidebars include fast facts about the species and its legal protections. Swinburne concludes with suggestions for further reading, websites and an index. Up-to-date and informative, this will be a welcome addition to the shelf of information on endangered species in any library. (Nonfiction. 8-12)