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- DescriptionWhy is the manatee just as imperiled today as it was 40 years ago? Loveable or loathed? Poster child for conservation efforts or impediment to development? Nuisance or in need of protection? For the past two decades, the quiet manatee has been a flash point of frequent environmental debates. Included on the very first endangered species list issued in 1967, the docile creatures have stirred curiosity and passions for more than a hundred years. They are Florida's most famous endangered species, as well as its most controversial. Manatees appear on hundreds of license plates, attract hordes of tourists, and expose the uneasy relationships between science and the law and between freedom and responsibility like other animal. As passions have flared and resentments have grown, the battle over manatee protection has evolved into a war, and reporter has followed the story more closely than Craig Pittman. He's flown with scientists trying to count manatees from overhead. He's been on the water with the leader of the biggest pro-boater group. He's observed biologists dissecting the animals and politicians discussing their fate. Manatee Insanity provides the first in-depth history of the attempts to provide legal protection for the manatee. Along the way, Pittman takes a close look at the major and mir players in the dispute, from Jacques-Yves Cousteau to Jeb Bush, from Jimmy Buffett to O. J. Simpson, from a popular children's book author to a federal lawman who dressed in a gorilla suit for the ultimate undercover assignment.
- Author BiographyCraig Pittman, native Floridian, is an award-winning journalist for the state's largest paper, the St. Petersburg Times. He is also the coauthor of Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss.
- Author(s)Craig Pittman
- PublisherUniversity Press of Florida
- Date of Publication15/03/2010
- SubjectEnvironment & Ecology: General Interest
- Series TitleThe Florida History and Culture Series
- Place of PublicationFlorida
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Florida
- Content Note21 b/w illustrations, 1 map
- Weight816 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine36 mm
- Series Edited byRaymond Arsenault,Gary R. Mormino
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