Dear Endless P. If you read my prior posts carefully, I think you will find a statement about the word on the manatee. It just does not matter to me what was written and Iíd venture to say, had no relevance to any of the experts who examined this manatee. Itís winter and their only defense against death from cold is to remain as quiet as possible to reduce spending energy which they cannot replace because away from a source of warm water, they get too cold to find food
and their digestion slows down so less and less becomes bioavailable for energy.
Disturbing them can kill them. Thatís not an opinion, itís a fact. The fact is why the law specifically states ďdisturbedĒ.
I was privileged to be asked to write part of the law protecting manatees.
Your post referenced Maine. I spent over 20 years in Florida. Thatís where we are now. I kinda think you like manatees. Iím not sure why my post upset you to the point you needed to single
me out. I did not indicate anything about the person or persons who committed this crime, nor what should be the appropriate response from enforcement. Most of my posts on manatees try to explain to those on the water, about why protecting manatees is in our interest.
In particular, I have written many posts about papilloma and what role the study of the immune system of manatees had to do with the development of a vaccine for this virus.
The reward was recently increased by $ 20,000. Iím not going to comment anything about this money
because it simply is not my money
. If Federal Law Enforcement finds the perpetrators and brings them to court Iím pretty sure the most qualified manatee experts will testify ďdisturbing ď the manatees put them at significant risk of death from exposure. This was the factual core
of my post and not just an opinion. I do think ...you kinda like manatees, an opinion Iím happy to post.
Happy trails to you.
Mark and his ďpass the hot rum
and ciderĒ manatee crew