2017-08-10 / Top News

Decals show support for manatees, sea turtles

There are more manatees and sea turtles in Florida than in any other state. More than 6,000 manatees swim in our coastal waters, rivers and freshwater springs, and thousands of sea turtles nest and hatch on our Atlantic and gulf coast beaches.

It’s easy to show support for these iconic Florida species by sticking on a decal.

Every year the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission introduces new manatee and sea turtle decals that can be acquired with a $5 donation when registering or re-registering a vehicle or boat at your local tax collector’s office. New and previously issued decals are also available for purchase online at www.myfwc.com.

Decals generate funding for research, rescue and management efforts that help Florida’s manatees and sea turtles survive. For instance, when someone calls the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 to report an injured, entangled or sick manatee or sea turtle, FWC staff responds with efforts to rescue and rehabilitate the animal.

The decals also address important conservation issues:

¦ “Look out for manatees” is the message on the new manatee decal, which shows boaters in the distance as a manatee mother and calf swim along with only her back above water. Wear polarized sunglasses, and then watch and listen carefully to detect the signs of manatees nearby.

¦ “Helping sea turtles survive” is the message on the new sea turtle decal, which shows a green sea turtle. Green sea turtles nest on Florida’s Atlantic and gulf coast beaches, and until recently were classified as endangered. Now after years of conservation efforts, the species has been reclassified as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. That’s a major step in “green” recovery.

Learn about other ways to help conserve manatees and sea turtles at www.MyFWC.com/Manatee and www.MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle, where you also can click on “Decals” to order new or past editions of decals. ¦

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