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Manatee and Sea Turtle Decals

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!

“Observe with Care” decal

This year’s decal is an awareness reminder that manatees live in Florida’s waterways year-round. Manatees rest, mate, nurse their young, or forage in shallow slow-moving rivers, estuaries, bays, canals, and coastal areas.

In Florida, manatees and boats are often found in the same environments. It is often hard to see manatees while boating, which is why areas where manatees frequent are marked with protection zone signs including speed and access restrictions. Boaters, including personal watercraft operators, can do their part to protect manatees:

Go Slow near shallow areas, seagrass beds, and sanctuaries.

Look out below - Wear polarized sunglasses to improve visibility through the water’s surface, which makes it easier to see manatees.

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“Protect Florida Sea Turtles” decal

This year’s sea turtle decal highlights Leatherback sea turtles as the true oceanic travelers in the sea turtle world. Leatherbacks undertake the longest migrations between breeding and feeding areas of any sea turtle, some averaging 3,700 miles each way. All age classes feed on a variety of jellyfish that float freely in the deep blue ocean waters.

The decal’s conservation message focuses on keeping plastics out of both offshore and inshore coastal waters. Leatherbacks that mistake translucent plastic bags and latex balloons for their jellyfish prey may suffer serious injury and even death.

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Where to get your decals

Every July, the FWC introduces new manatee and sea turtle decals available with a $5 donation. The waterproof decals are designed to look good on a vehicle’s bumper or the side of a boat. Get them when registering or re-registering a vehicle or boat through local tax collectors’ offices across the state.

Vintage manatee and sea turtle decals from 1992 through 2019 are also available.