Wildlife Officers Warn Boaters to Slow Down for Migrating Manatees

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.

Wildlife officers have a message for boaters: Slow down for migrating manatees in Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says as the weather cools, manatees move to warmer waters such as freshwater springs or canals near power plant outflows. Boaters are being asked to slow down and watch out for manatees as many of the seasonal manatee protection zones go into effect Thursday.

November is Manatee Awareness Month. The wildlife commission says in a statement that many manatees in Florida have scars from run-ins with boats.

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