Your $5 donation for a manatee or sea turtle decal does a lot!
Your decal donation supports research, rescue, rehabilitation, conservation, management and education efforts on behalf of Florida manatees and sea turtles. By getting these decals, you can help conserve these species for future generations. Plus decals are a fun way to display your support of some very special Florida wildlife.
Paddlers can help conserve manatees
When paddling through Florida waters on a kayak, canoe or paddleboard—or even when just swimming through the water—you may encounter manatees. You can help conserve them by keeping your distance. Give these large slow-moving mammals space to surface, breathe and move freely within their habitats, which include shallow areas, seagrass beds and sanctuaries. It is important to wear polarized sunglasses to make it easier to spot manatees that are underwater. Do not offer water or food to manatees, since this alters their natural behavior and is prohibited.
Manatee decal art created by Mike Hunter, FWC.
Hawksbill is the most tropical Florida sea turtle
Warm tropical seas are where you are most likely to see hawksbills. In Florida, hawksbills are found primarily on reefs in the Florida Keys and along the southeastern Atlantic coast. An endangered species, the hawksbill was sought after in the past to use its beautifully patterned shell for jewelry, hair ornaments and other decorative items. Though use of its shell is banned in most of the world, it is still possible to find such goods. Please don’t buy them! This sea turtle weighs 100 to 200 pounds as an adult, with a shell about 35 inches long and a lovely carapace shaded by black and brown marks on a background of amber. Its raptor-like jaws give the hawksbill its name and are perfect for dining upon sponges, its favorite food. Sea turtle decal photo by Nikole Ordway-Heath.
Thank you for supporting these endangered and threatened species.