Manatees are gentle, slow-moving sea creatures that swim along the bottom of ocean off the coast of Florida, munching on seagrass and algae.
But these gentle giants are in danger of being wiped out by humans. The bodies of dead manatees are often found on Florida beaches with huge gashes from boat propellers or with stomachs full of plastic.
One biologist reported finding one manatee that had been killed by a cantaloupe-sized ball of plastic in its stomach attached by a three-foot plastic bag rope to another ball of plastic in its intestine.
Every time we throw away plastic bags or other single-use plastics, they could end up in the stomach of a manatee that just wanted to eat some seagrass.
Sign this petition to protect manatees from plastic bags and other single-use plastics now.