Florida manatees are on the move in search for warmer waters

Florida manatees are on the move in search for warmer waters

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has urged boaters to slow down and remain vigilant as moving manatees can pose a hazard.

Florida manatees are 1,000-pound whiskered marine mammals that shift their location this time of the year in search for warmer waters to spend harsh winter in.

State wildlife officials have urged boaters to slow down in marine areas where manatees are known to flock. So far this year, at least 91 manatees have died due to accidents with fast-moving boats.

Carol Knox, of FWC's Imperiled Species Management section, said the boaters who move at a slow speed have contributed to the whiskered marine mammals' security.

Speaking on the topic, Knox said, "Boaters who slow down and keep a lookout for Florida manatees are an important reason the overall population of this species is doing better."

Pushing ahead with their effort to protect manatees, state wildlife officials have also announced that seasonal protection zones along Sunshine State waterways will take effect on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.


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