What to Do if You See a Sick, Injured, Dead, or Tagged Manatee

There are several steps you can take if you see a sick, injured, dead, or tagged manatee.

FWC's Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922)
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Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What is the exact location of the animal?
  • Is the manatee alive or dead?
  • How long have you been observing the manatee?
  • What is the approximate size of the manatee?
  • What is the location of the public boat ramp closest to the manatee?
  • Can you provide a contact number where you can be reached for further information?

The above information is the most important you can provide; however, any additional information will be helpful.

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