Manatee Protection: Going, Going, Gone.
I have a go fast boat. We were going slowly down the Little River with a man on the bow watching for manatees (the Little River is a popular spot for the mammals). There was a scream of "Shut it off!" We shut off the engines because about 6 inches from the top of the water almost touching the boat were 3 manatees, 1 a baby in a lazy float not in the least deterred by our boat. We shut off the engines and watched the manatees float by under our boat as we floated in the other direction. Yes, these dear creatures need our protection.
After that incident I realized, Manatees don't know to get out of our way. We have to get out of theirs. Do you hear that officials? Take it to heart.
Did I mention that the Feds delisted the Manatee this week as an endangered species:
Mike Oetker, southeast regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced the reclassification of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened during a press conference at the Miami Seaquarium on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. "We believe the manatee is no longer endangered," he said
Slow boat zones for manatees are hardly enough, but expect them to be eased into speed zones soon. You think Leonard DiCaprio's back is scarred in the movie Revenant, just look at our fellow mammal's back from boat incidents. That is how they identify these creatures: by their scars.
ALSO READ THE TEA PARTY WAR AGAINST MANATEES...THE TEA PARTY IS WINNING.
Response to Feds from Save the Manatee Club.