Researchers say reporting manatee sightings may save their lives

Mobile County

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WKRG) — Researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network ask people who spot a manatee to report it.

The network is keeping a close eye on the toxic algae bloom in Florida that’s already led to as many as 80 manatee deaths in our neighbor state. Senior Marine Scientist at the DISL, Dr. Ruth Carmichael said, “We have not confirmed manatees affected by toxic algae in Alabama this year but know manatees in Alabama and Mississippi have had exposure to harmful algae in the past.” 

Researchers say knowing where the manatees are provides data and may help save them. Carmichael added, “To understand how our local manatees may be affected by this ongoing bloom in Florida, it’s important for us to know where manatees spend time as the algal bloom changes and as manatees begin their fall migration back to Florida wintering grounds.”

You can report a sighting by calling – 1-866-493-5803, emailing manatee@disl.org, or through an online sighting form found at manatee.disl.org.

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