Although summer may feel different this year, it is still a regular busy season for traveling manatees. With temperatures heating up, Florida manatees are also on the move! The Save the Manatee Club reminds boaters and visitors throughout the southeast to keep an eye out for this at-risk species.
In the summer months, manatees live beyond their winter homes in Florida. They travel freely around waters in Alabama as well as in Georgia and South Carolina. You can even see manatees as far west as Texas and also as far north as Massachusetts. These further destinations are relatively rare. However, it is still important for boaters to be mindful of manatees, especially in certain areas.
Designated manatee protection zones signify manatee hot-spots. However, the slow-moving mammals live in all types of rivers, bays, and coastal waters. Manatees are more likely to prefer shallow water (about 3 – 7 feet) and areas with aquatic plants, like seagrass beds. Boating slowly in these areas and looking for snouts, backs, tails, and flippers can also help you spot manatees.
Tips from FWC
To learn more, also check out:
- Five Ways to Befriend a Manatee: Start with a Visit to Crystal River, Florida
- Great Places To See Florida Manatees
- Where to Observe Manatees in the Wild
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