In our second episode, we focus on the threatened species of manatees. Manatees are among the most beloved creatures that call the Indian River Lagoon home—but these graceful sea cows have recently been threatened with a concerning spike in deaths.

The IRL Council sits down with Dr. Martine de Wit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to discuss the importance of manatees to lagoon ecology and examine the cause behind this heartbreaking phenomenon. 

To learn more about the manatee and the efforts being made to preserve their populations, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website today.

To learn more about the IRL Council and our lagoon home, visit OneLagoon.org.

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[Audio transcription via YouTube] 

Episode Speakers:

Podcast host and Chief Operating Officer of One Lagoon, Daniel Kolodny
Dan Kolodny

Chief Operating Officer for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

Headshot of Dr. Martine de Wit, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Dr. Martine de Wit

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Podcast host and executive director of the IRL Council of One Lagoon, Duane De Freese
Duane De Freese

Executive Director, Indian River Lagoon Council

Podcast host and Chief Operating Officer of One Lagoon, Daniel Kolodny
Dan Kolodny

Chief Operating Officer for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

Headshot of Dr. Martine de Wit, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Dr. Martine de Wit

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Podcast host and executive director of the IRL Council of One Lagoon, Duane De Freese
Duane De Freese

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