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Wow! What an Awesome day at the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex for the 2019 Sea Turtle Day Festival! We learned so much about Sea Turtles and the Harm that Plastics and Fishing Line does to these beautiful sea creatures. We meet with 4Ocean and have a great conversation with Dee their Community Outreach Supervisor and learn about all the great things 4Ocean is doing to help clean up our oceans.

 

The Florida Panther (Puma concolor cougar) is a subspecies of cougar and is Florida’s beloved state animal. There are only about 200 of these criticaly endangered species  left in the wild that number has been on the rise.  

Manatees are sometimes called sea cows.  Even though they are huge mammals they are very graceful swimmers in coastal waterways and rivers. Powering themselves in the water with their strong tails, manatees typically glide along at 5 miles an hour but can swim up to 15 miles an hour in short spurts. The manatee's closest relatives are the elephant and the hyrax. The West Indian manatee is related to the West African manatee, the Amazonian manatee, the dugong, and Steller's sea cow, which was hunted to its extinction in 1768. The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and can weigh between 800 and 1,200 pounds.

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