Officials warn Florida boaters of manatee migration

OCALA — Florida wildlife officials are urging boaters to be on the lookout for manatees that are migrating to warmer waters for the winter.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says boaters should stay in marked channels and obey speed zone signs during the winter migration period. Kipp Frohlich, a leader of the FWC's Imperiled Species Management Section, says boaters should also give a manatee plenty of room in the water because it might not be traveling alone.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Web site, manatees generally travel along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts during the fall and spring.

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