Quality of life index
By TIMES WIRES
Published April 16, 2007
2,817 Number of manatees counted during an aerial survey of Florida's waters in January and February
3,113 Number of manatees counted in Florida's waters about 12 months earlier
3,276 Number of manatees counted in Florida's waters in 2001, the highest annual population on record
416 Number of manatees that died in state waters in 2006, a record year for manatee deaths
86 Number of manatees killed by boaters in 2006, the second-most of any year on record
763 Number of manatees that have been killed by boaters over the past 10 years
153 Number of manatees that died in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties from January 1997 to February 2006
1.02 Percent chance that, under current conditions, the state's adult manatee population will drop below 100 on either of Florida's coasts in the next 100 years
49.32 Percent chance that the state's adult manatee population will drop below 500 on either coast in the next 100 years
3 Number of years the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recommends downgrading the manatee's status in Florida from "endangered" to "threatened," says it could be until the manatee is removed from protected status
Compiled by Jay Cridlin.
Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Save the Manatee Club, Times files.