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Boaters in the Sunshine State Need to Watch Out for Florida Manatees

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Florida Manatees are moving to warmer waters, and boaters in the area have been warned to be vigilant.

It’s that time of year again, and Florida Manatees are migrating, seeking warmer water. Boaters need to know the risks of visiting certain areas.

According to reports via The Tallahassee Democrat, “Seasonal protection zones for manatees are going into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 15.” This year, there have been 91 reported Florida Manatee deaths from boat strikes. Boaters are advised to travel slow and keep an eye out for these creatures. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reports that efforts to protect the manatees are working and numbers are up around the state. However, in Wakulla Springs State Park the populations of manatees are lower than normal.

Carol Knox of FWC, said boaters who slow down are helping to preserve the animals’ well-being.

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Boaters in the Sunshine State Need to Watch Out for Florida Manatees