December 5, 2018

As manatees seek warm water sites during the cooler winter season, residents, visitors, and the boating community are reminded to watch for manatees and help safeguard them as they freely move about Florida’s shallow, slow-moving rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal water ecosystems.

Record watercraft mortality this year, along with more than 180 manatees lost to red tide, have been two of the greatest threats to the manatee population. In total, 703 manatees have died so far this year.

The public can be actively engaged in manatee and habitat protection by obtaining the Save the Manatee club’s free waterway signage, boating banners and decals, waterway cards and educational posters.

For information, email or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646) and request these resources, or visit Save the Manatee.