Decals look awesome and do great things for manatees and sea turtles!
Your kayak, paddleboard, surfboard, canoe, motor boat or personal watercraft would look awesome with a manatee or sea turtle decal! The decals also look cool on vehicles, laptops, notebooks, in frames or wherever you decide to display them. Best of all, your $5 decal donation helps conserve manatees and sea turtles for future generations. Long may they swim through Florida waters!
Tracking wild manatees
For over 20 years, FWC research staff have been detectives, tracking the travels of manatees along Florida’s coasts and rivers. To track manatees, researchers attach a buoyant radio tag to a padded belt around their tail. The tag contains a satellite-linked Global Positioning System (GPS) transmitter. The GPS-transmitted locations then provide a detailed record of manatees’ movements and migratory behavior. Wildlife managers use the tracking data to improve the management strategies used for continued recovery of this large aquatic mammal.
Manatee decal art created by Mike Hunter, FWC.
Do not disturb sea turtles
Seeing sea turtles crawl onto the beach at night and lay dozens of eggs is a special experience. It’s important though that you do not disturb the large females digging their sandy nests or the small hatchlings that eventually break out of the eggs and head for the sea. Do not get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of them. During the March to October sea turtle nesting season, also remember to remove items from the beach at night and to turn off or shield lights that can be seen from the beach.
Sea turtle art created by Ann Marie Tavares, FWC.
Thank you for supporting these endangered and threatened species.
Go to MyFWC.com/wildlifehabitats for more about manatees and sea turtles. To report injured, sick, entangled or dead manatees or sea turtles, contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline by calling 888-404-3922 (FWCC), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone, or by texting Tip@MyFWC.com.