Florida is in the middle of a massive manatee die off. More than 1,100 manatees died in 2021, shattering annual fatality records for the iconic species and erasing more 10% of the estimated population. The sharp uptick in deaths is due to the pollution-fueled collapse of seagrass beds on Florida’s east coast.
Florida has more than 1,000 known freshwater springs, one of the densest concentrations of springs in the world. Springs are Florida’s original tourist attractions and for centuries, visitors have flocked to them to marvel at the billions of gallons of cool, clear water that gush out of the porous limestone aquifer every day.