Manatee emoji? Lowry Park Zoo starts petition to bring sea cows to your phone
There's already an alligator emoji, now there's a push to get another aquatic animal associated with Florida onto your phone and into your text messages. The Lowry Park Zoo has started a change.org petition to ask for the addition of a manatee emoji, and so far has more than 1,200 signatures.
From the petition:
"In honor of Manatee Awareness Month, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo wants to raise awareness about an iconic Florida species, by advocating for the first-ever manatee emoji. Why do manatees deserve an emoji? Not only are they adored mammals, they are also threatened. Elephants, tigers and penguins all have emojis, so why not manatees? By creating an emoji, we are making it easier for people to think about and share their love for these gentle giants."
The zoo has set a goal of 25,000 signatures, which it plans to use to try to convince the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit body that regulates emojis, to add a manatee.
Earlier this year federal wildlife officials moved to reclassify manatees from endangered to threatened. If you want to see local manatees in person, the Manatee Viewing Center at Teco's Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach opened for the season on Nov. 1.