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Mating manatees possible near beaches
Mating manatees possible near beaches

Sarasota, Florida - The beaches are crowded this time of year, but one crowd you could see may seem a bit unusual. It's mating season for manatees and large groups of up to a dozen or so manatees can end up in shallow waters along beaches.

Single mating herds can last several weeks and be highly active as male manatees bustle around a female. There have already been reports of a mating herd of manatees earlier this month near Holmes Beach.

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists urge boaters and beach-goers to give the mating manatees wide berth, both for your own safety and for that of the manatees. They advise watching the manatees from at least 100 feet away, so that their natural behavior is not disrupted.