Friday, May 26, 2017

Manatees In Florida - Watch Out For Them

Manatees are out and about this weekend so please be cautious and pay attention to the Manatee Zone Signs!

I live on the River just off of the ST JOHNS RIVER and I can't tell you how often I see boaters ignore the Idle Speed and Minimal or No Wake Signs.  Living on the river we have seen the signs off boat injuries first hand and it is not a pleasant sight.  Manatees are up and down our cove daily, some are toting a baby and others are just in groups.  Manatees rarely travel alone so if you see one there are likely more around.

IDLE SPEED......SLOW SPEED.....MINIMAL WAKE.....NO WAKE

Do we all really know what they mean?

Here are the most common here in Florida:  But what does Idle and Slow speed really mean?

Travel at the LOWEST speed needed
to maintain steering
Travel with your vessel settled in the
water, not plowing, minimum wake
Travel with your vessel settled in
the water, not plowing, minimum
wake - within 50 feet of the shore















If you see a manatee, stop and idle to be sure it is not under or near your prop.  Report sick, dead or injured manatees to your Wildlife Alert - 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)

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