Cold Temps Have Manatees Seeking Warmer Water

First published by, December 7, 2010

Wildlife officials are urging boaters to look out for manatees seeking shelter in warmer waters near power plants and springs as the temperatures drop.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Tuesday they will increase patrols and strictly enforce speed limits in manatee protection zones when cold fronts pass through Florida. That's when manatees are at the greatest risk of being struck by boats.

Agency officials recommend boaters wear polarized sunglasses to help spot the mammals.

Ryan HeningerMiami Herold