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Here’s The Scoop….Leave The Manatees Alone!…

June 23, 2009 by Barbara


Excerpt…6/23/09 Sentinel…(online/pg.4B)…

‘FORT LAUDERDALE – Amorous manatees have been spotted near the beaches of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, leading conservationists to warn against interfering with their mating behavior.

Although mating herds have come up to shore, with females seen resting in the surf, people should not try to help them.

The Marine Animal Rescue Society urged people to observe the following precautions if they see manatees near shore or apparently beached in the surf:

-Don’t try to push manatees back into the water.

-Don’t touch them and try to keep people away from them.

-Don’t throw water on the manatee’s head because it could get into the blowhole and suffocate the animal.

-If you see a mating herd near shore or a manatee in the surf, report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, at 888-808-3922 or the Marine Animal Rescue Society at 305-546-1111.’

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