Florida Manatee Season Is Here


Did you know that November is Manatee Awareness Month? I didn't, guess you learn something new every day, right?

I did know that they're one of Florida's most well known marine animals. They're adorable and harmless. I mean have you seen them in the wild or at the zoo? They swim slow and basically eat most of the day.

In order to maintain our ecosystem and keep those wonderful creatures for many more years, we have to do our part. This means that boaters have to slow down. We all know that boating is super popular in South FLA but they just need to be a bit more cautious that's all.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding the public that these large marine mammals are on the move and their season runs through March 31.

Yes, manatees are quite large, but they can actually be difficult to see from a boat because most of the time they swim and rest just below the water’s surface.

How can you/boaters help? Keep an eye out for manatee circular slicks on the surface of the water. Also, follow the speed limits.

Now, if you see a sick, injured, or dead manatee call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-FWCC (3922), text #FWC or email tip@myfwc.com.

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