The most popular attraction on the manatees’ home island of Manatee Bay is the beach, where tourists flock to catch a breath.
But the island is also a breeding ground for a species that is in serious trouble.
Scientists are finding the population of the man-eating dolphin has dropped by half in the past five years.
The manateers have become so stressed with the increase in tourists that they’ve lost control of their breeding grounds.
And this isn’t just happening on the island, the researchers say.
“There are concerns that this is impacting our entire species,” said David Sallie, a marine mammal biologist at Florida Atlantic University in Tampa, who studies the dolphin population.
“And it’s not just Manatees, it’s all dolphin populations.”
Sallies team is studying how the manating dolphins respond to the changing climate, to find out how to better manage their habitats.
In the wild, the manated dolphin’s diet is mostly fish, so its population is constantly expanding.
But they’re not doing that as much on Manateec Bay, where the population has shrunk by nearly 50% over the past two decades.
“We are seeing a decrease in the number of males that are available for breeding,” Sallis said.
He said they’re also becoming less able to protect themselves from predators. “
What’s been happening to the breeding population is that the females have been forced to make those decisions about whether they’re going to be breeding or not,” he said.
He said they’re also becoming less able to protect themselves from predators.
The numbers of the dolphin species have dropped from 4,000 to fewer than 200.
Scientists say that the manates’ current breeding season ends in June.
The Manateese have been on the brink of extinction for several decades.
The last manateer died in 2012.
Sallys team has been studying the dolphin’s reproductive behavior, which has been closely monitored by scientists for decades.
One of the most fascinating things about the study is how the dolphin is adjusting to changing conditions.
Salls team is using the data to understand how the dolphins are responding to climate change.
They’ve already found that the male manateem are changing, as they’ve grown increasingly territorial.
But Salliys team is looking more closely at how the male dolphin is interacting with the rest of the population.
The dolphins’ behavior, he said, is changing as well.
The researchers have also discovered that the dolphins seem to be getting smarter.
The females in their group are also more cooperative and less aggressive.
But their behavior is still changing, Salles team said.
The species’ breeding season is also in jeopardy.
Sallinges team says the dolphin populations on the islands are in a state of crisis, and the Manateeshans are the only ones that have been able to respond effectively.
The scientists say that Manateech Bay has become a breeding place for a threatened species.
And because the Manayes have a captive population, the scientists can’t do much to protect them.
“If the Manates are the last wild Manateegans left in the world, it is going to become a very precarious situation,” Salls said.
Manateem, sea turtles, and dolphins: the endangered animal on the rise The study is one of the first to show how the population is falling, Salls added.
The study found that in a few years, the population will fall by half.
Salsier said that the researchers are hoping to do more research in the next few years to find ways to better care for the manatales, who are one of Florida’s most endangered animals.
“When you have a population of so many people on Manayec, it has a lot of different kinds of challenges,” Salsie said.
And if they’re getting stressed out and less able, to protect the manateman population, they’re losing the breeding opportunity.
“This could be a big deal for Manateean populations,” Salla said.