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It's the time of the season for manatees: Florida boaters are urged to watch out for gentle giants

November 17, 2009 |  5:41 pm


Florida wildlife officials are urging boaters to be on the lookout for manatees that are migrating to warmer waters for the winter.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says boaters should stay in marked channels and obey speed zone signs during the winter migration period. Kipp Frohlich, a leader of the FWC's Imperiled Species Management Section, says boaters should also give a manatee plenty of room in the water because it might not be traveling alone.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website, manatees generally travel along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts during the fall and spring.

-- Associated Press

Photo: A manatee and her calf lounge in western Florida's Crystal River. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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