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manatee boat safety blog

manatee boat safety blog

Manatee Boating awareness...
Today we share information about how you can help protect manatees when boating and enjoying the waterways.
Save the Manatee Club

When Boating

-Report injured or dead manatees to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on your cell phone or or send a text message to Tip@MyFWC.com. You can also use VHF Channel 16 on your marine radio.

-Get a boater’s guide for the county or counties you will be visiting so you can become familiar with the location of manatee speed zones before your trip.

-Wear polarized sunglasses while boating to eliminate the glare of the sun and see below the water’s surface. Tortugas Gear offers manatee related polarized sunglasses. Your purchase will also help to support SMC in their continuing efforts.

-Stay in deep water channels when boating. Avoid boating over seagrass beds and shallow areas where manatees might be feeding. However, be aware that manatees also use deep water channels when traveling.

-Look for a snout, back, tail, or flipper breaking the surface of the water. A swirl or flat spot on the water is also created by the motion of the manatee’s tail when it dives or swims.
If you see a manatee while operating a boat or personal watercraft, remain a safe distance away — 50 feet is the suggested minimum. If you want to observe the manatee, cut your motor.

-If you like to jet-ski, water-ski, or participate in high-speed watersports, choose areas that manatees do not or cannot frequent, such as land-locked lakes or waters well offshore.

-Obey posted speed zone signs and keep away from posted manatee sanctuaries.

Learn more about manatee awareness, conservation and protection by visiting www.savethemanatee.org. Visit www.tortugasgear.com and get your manatee gear and help spread the word and show your love and support.

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