Death Toll Highest On Record and Still Climbing

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 15:51 PM.

What we put into our waters, how much we pump from our aquifer and draw from our springs and rivers, together with how we use our waterways, all has an impact on our own lives and the lives of every aquatic species.  We must be better stewards of our waters and waterways or suffer even more severe consequences going forward.”

Save the Manatee Club reminds the public that November is Manatee Awareness Month in Florida – the time of year when manatees are on the move, making their way to important winter warm-water sites.

The Club offers a variety of ways for the public in Florida to be directly involved with manatee protection during November and throughout the year.  Free public awareness waterway signage, boating banners and decals, waterway cards, and educational posters are produced by the Club.  The bright yellow waterproof banner which cautions, “Please Slow: Manatees Below,” can assist in warning boaters to slow down for manatees who may be in the area. 

Shoreline property signs and matching boat decals are also available, featuring the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s hotline number (1-888-404-3922) for reporting sick and injured manatees.  Boater and diver awareness posters are also available for dive shops, marinas, businesses, visitor centers, classrooms and libraries. 

Family-friendly outdoor signs are produced by the Club and distributed to state, municipal, and county parks; marinas; and other sites where human/manatee interactions can be a problem.  Requests for any of these free materials can be sent via e-mail to education@savethemanatee.org or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).

 “The public’s ongoing participation in manatee conservation, in Florida and outside the state, is essential for the welfare and protection of the species and the aquatic habitats upon which they depend,” says Rose.

For more information on endangered manatees, visit the Club’s website at www.savethemanatee.org.  Watch manatees in their natural habitat on the Club’s Blue Spring webcams at manatv.org.



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