Offbeat 'Manatee area' signs are being spotted on waterways

03:00  11 august  2018
03:00  11 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The manatee , Florida's gentle giant, is often spotted in the largest numbers during winter and early spring. Many parks have created boardwalks adjacent to waterways where manatees can be seen in mass. A manatee observation area is within the refuge.

Numerous manatees have also been spotted along Georgia’s coast and all along the Eastern Seaboard this summer. Displaying these popular waterproof banners helps alert other boaters to manatees in the area . Free shoreline property signs , weatherproof boat decals, and waterway cards

A manatee calf nurses from its mother inside of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida . © Scott Audette/Reuters A manatee calf nurses from its mother inside of the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida . LAFAYETTE, La. — Some south Louisiana residents have been spotting "manatee area" signs along coastal Acadiana waterways.

Keri Lejeune with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is installing the signs near reported manatee sightings. The slow-moving mammals have been reported in areas that include Vermillion Parish and as far north as the Amite River near Denham Springs.

The Advertiser of Lafayette reports the signs warn boaters of the possible presence of manatees, which can be injured by boat propellers.

Manatees are often associated with Florida, but some move along the Gulf Coast when the weather gets warmer. Elizabeth Hieb with the Manatee Sighting Network at Dauphin Island Sea Lab says an increase in manatee sightings outside of Florida may be due in part to warming waters and the success of conservation efforts.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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