Manatee Status May Rise From Endangered to Threatened

manateesIt is a fact that manatees are considered endangered species since 1967. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are now adding these gentle sea cows to the threatened list. The said agency will be holding a 60-day comment period as part of its review for the West Indian manatee and this would include the Florida manatee.

The said review is considered as a follow-up to a 2012 petition and a lawsuit. A representative lawyer from Save Crystal River Inc. mentioned that the change in the listing would not result in changes to the federal protections for the Florida manatee.

Looking into the situation, threatened species still face extinction now. However, threatened species are on the verge of extinction in the future. This gentle sea cows or manatees move slowly and can easily die if a boat collides with them. To avoid the deaths of manatees, in manatee-protected zones, boaters are required to move at a minimal speed.

Another possible problem that manatees are facing now is the loss of its main diet, which is the sea grass. Other cause of deaths can caused by habitat loss and illnesses. It is still unclear on how many manatees are still alive. Based on a survey in 2011, there are about 4,800 living manatees. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission even stated that the numbers of manatees are even increasing in some areas and is considered stable in some parts of the states. This is a good sign for the manatees. Still wildlife conservation agencies are still on the lookout for the safety of these gentle giants.

Many boating communities in Southwest Florida need to be conscious of Manatees and their protected status. While many communities that are land-locked, such as Heritage Bay in Naples, Florida do not have to worry about their members harming Manatees, all people who participate in water activities should be aware.

Arizona Man Invents Alarm To Tackle Hot Car Deaths

In the United States (especially in Florida), one of the most disturbing issues perfect public health is that of hot car deaths. The risks posed to children left unattended in vehicles cannot be overlooked. They should not be underestimated either because heat stroke kills kids across the country. To stem this dangerous tide, an Arizona man and inventor, Scott McDonald is coming up with an effective package.

He says that a few of these tragic incidents occur when the driver has lost focus or in a recurring scenario in which a driver is going to work. He also noticed that it is very amazing how often a driver goes off to work forgetting to drop off a child at the daycare. The invention, called the ‘Aviso Child-In-Car Alert’ comes with an alarm system that goes off to remind the driver that a valued passenger is in the car. If the first alarm system does not work, the car’s horn will start blaring, bringing the attention of the driver or the passersby.

The alert system allows the child’s seat to be wired to the car’s technology. Immediately a child is placed in the car seat, the system starts to sense the child. Once the driver turns off the car engine, the beeping will go off to remind the driver of the child strapped inside. A second beeping goes off after eight and half minutes. After nine minutes, if nothing is done, the car’s horn will start blaring to call the attention of the driver to take the child out.

Based in Phoenix, McDonald emphasizes that for such a city like his which gets really hot quickly, it is doubly important that drivers have this kind of system to avoid preventable deaths. Hot car deaths are a menace in the country. Since 1998, almost 40 children have died annually in hot cars with over 70% of the deaths occurred in kids less than the age of 2. In more than half of these heat stroke deaths, the main reason was that the driver or the caregiver in question actually forgot the child in the car. In some other instances, the child managed to get into the car without the knowledge of the driver or the caregiver.

Cars heat up very fast and in environments with sufficient solar irradiation, a vehicle can heat up 20 degrees in a matter of minutes. And because the body temperature of children rises three to five times faster than that of the adults, they stand a greater risk. However, this is an invention that comes really handy for the Arizona residents.