As the weather warms, Florida’s wildlife is active and on the move. Residents and visitors are reminded to keep a safe distance on land and in the water.
Chances of close encounters between manatees and boaters increase in the spring, as manatees leave their winter-use areas and travel the intracoastal waterways along the Gulf coasts and other inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees, to avoid collisions with these large aquatic mammals. Boaters should follow posted speed limits, as many areas have seasonal zones in spring that reflect manatee migration patterns.
– Contributed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission