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How many manatees are left in the world?

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As of January 2014, there are at least 4,831 manatees in the state of Florida; outside of Florida little is known about the manatee population as they are only found in small pockets. This makes counting the world population of manatees difficult.

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Manatee populations are estimated using synoptic surveys, which are aerial surveys meant to produce a head count of manatees in a certain area. These surveys are required by Florida law, although they cannot produce an accurate count of manatees; the surveys only account for those that are spotted on a particular day. This makes it difficult to determine whether the total population is growing or not and whether enough is being done to protect this endangered species.

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