U.S. Postal Service workers across the country are gearing up for the 20th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive this Saturday, May 12.
In Southwest Florida, non-perishable food items left at mailboxes will be collected by letter carriers and distributed to food service organizations including the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida in Lee County and Collier Harvest in Collier County.
New research on manatees indicates that despite poor vision, the endangered marine mammal’s hearing is actually quite good. The study from Mote Marine Laboratory finds that the range of pitches manatees can hear falls both within and above the spectrum of human hearing even into the supersonic range.
Even when background noise was added to simulate an actual marine environment; sounds like boat noise should be easy for manatees to detect. Yet so far this year, 29 have died in Florida due to encounters with watercraft, which begs the question, ‘If manatees can hear boats coming, why don’t they get out of the way?’