Sharing Local Waters with Endangered Species

Manatees are an endangered species, so please watch them from a distance.   If you see a manatee while walking along the beach or swimming on Anna Maria Island, don’t be alarmed, spring is the mating season for the gentle manatees.

If you want to help, the best thing that you can do to help is keep your distance, allow the manatees plenty of room to do what they do naturally.  You don’t want to put the manatees or yourself at risk, so don’t touch, or push them.  Just step back and enjoy, if you have a camera or video camera start filming these beautiful creatures in the warm waters of Anna Maria Island.

For more information call Mote Marine at 941-388-4441 or visit them online at


Photo credit: Endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus) via photopin (license).