Every winter, when temperatures dip down and chill the waters off the Florida coast, manatees must go looking for cover. One place where they find warm-water refuge is Three Sisters Springs in Kings Bay.
Unfortunately their cover has been blown; manatee lovers from all over the globe have been coming to swim with these gentle marine mammals.
When they arrive at the springs, these manatees face an army of eager tourists in wetsuits and flippers -- snapping cameras and circling in kayaks. The crowd is just too much; cold-stressed manatees shouldn't have to endure such disturbance when they urgently need rest and food.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently has a proposal out to address this problem, but right now the agency is only considering banning kayaks -- and not swimming or touching.
Take action -- urge the Service to make this area a true winter haven. From Nov. 15 to March 31, people should only be able to appreciate manatees from outside the water on the nearby boardwalk.
December 29, 2014 Action Alert ID# 167
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