Manatees, Louisiana: signs going up (Reports).
State wildlife managers are installing “manatee area” signs at boat launches along the Louisiana coast where the large aquatic mammals are rarely seen. The Daily Advertiser reports that recent manatee sightings in New Iberia and St. Mary parishes prompted the sign postings.
“A lot of folks don’t know manatees come here,” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Keri Lejeune told the Lafayette newspaper. “When we put signs up at launches, people are curious.”
Manatees often travel along the Gulf of Mexico coast during the warmest part of summer. Scientists don’t know much about how manatees use coastal habitats west of Florida. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, recent sighting data suggest manatees are spending more time in Louisiana.
Boaters are urged to travel with caution in manatee areas.