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  1. The manatee is protected under federal law by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which makes it illegal to harass, hunt, capture or kill any marine mammal. The manatee is also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978, which states: “It is unlawful for any person, at any time, intentionally or negligently, to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb any manatee”.

    The thing is, as this little boy found out, someone forgot to tell the manatees. They are very curious about humans and THEY approach us! We’ve had a number of encounters – us on docks and manatees coming to say hello. Beautiful creatures.

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