During the winter, Florida's manatees come to Crystal River Springs to keep warm, but that exposes them to curious tourists who just won't leave them alone. Watch this video to see just how bad they have it.

Indeed, Florida's manatees have it tough, whether it be on account of toxic red algae, boat propellors, or idiots who let their children sit on them.

This video was produced by conservation photographer Cristina Mittermeier and fellow photographer Neil Ever Osborne. It shows just how much human interaction they're forced to deal with all day, every day. According to Mittermeier, the manatee stampede that happens in the video — which was caused by a loud noise from onshore — occurs several times each day.

Seems like a strange way to protect an endangered species.

[ Via Treehugger ]

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