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Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers talk about protecting manatees in Florida

FWC Officers give tips on how to avoid hitting manatees
Posted at 7:09 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 19:09:15-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Fox 4 is following up on a story we first told you about yesterday.

The number of manatee of deaths in Florida was up last year and looks to go even higher this year.

Officer Brian Norris, with FWC, explains it may be hard to notice manatees in the water.

He warns boaters to slow down. If you are caught speeding in a no speed zone in Lee County, boaters can face an $88 fine.

Manatees can suffer major injuries if they are hit, sharp injuries from a propeller, blunt trauma, and internal injuries.

Officer Brian Norris says if you believe you hit a manatee, stay there and call FWC, the priority would be helping the manatee.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers want to remind boaters to slow down and go around if you notice a manatee.

One last tip for boaters, using polarized lenses can help make a difference spotting manatee that are difficult to see in the water.