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When manatees were first seen by Columbus, he thought they were mermaids…but he had been at sea for a long time! Today these gentle marine mammals are threatened by loss of habitat and collisions with boats. This video segment explores the endangered manatees of Florida and their struggle to survive, as well as some of the people who are working to save them. Students will examine and discuss a 20-year period of synoptic survey data. Please see the accompanying lesson plan for educational objectives, discussion points and classroom activities.