Special to SEGAZINE
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is warning boaters to look out for sea turtles and manatees while enjoying the Georgia coast this summer.
The DNR says boat strikes are the leading cause of sea turtle strandings and manatee injuries and deaths. They also remind the public that manatees and all sea turtle species found in Georgia are protected by federal and state laws.
The DNR offers some advice to boaters on how to spot turtles and manatees in the water. They say a ‘footprint’ of swirls may mark a 1-ton manatee underwater. A 300-pound loggerhead sea turtle may show only its head when it surfaces, so they say they best advice is to be be aware and be prepared to slow down or steer clear.