Posted On: July 2, 2019
Boaters are asked to be on the lookout for manatees as they travel in the St. Johns River and Halifax/Indian River.
These slow-moving marine mammals are frequently struck by boats, which can lead to deep wounds, internal damage and even death. Last year, 119 manatees died from boat strikes in Florida.
Because manatees are often difficult to see, Debbie Wingfield, Volusia County’s manatee protection program manager, urges boaters to follow these guidelines:
If you hit a manatee or see an injured manatee, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
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