Actual sign in Florida requesting you not give manatees water and raising a lot of questions that it does not answer
hey friends! this just swam across my dash and I wanted to let you all know why you SHOULD NOT give manatees water from your hoses at your docks! See, manatees in the US of A are salt water critters and if they ingest too much fresh water (AKA from the hose as pictured above) it will cause them to get sick and die. Also, it makes them form habits that they will recieve fresh water from these docks, and therefor they’re more likely to be hit by boats in the marina (they cannot hear the frequency that boats produce, therefor they never even see them coming). So for all of you wondering why this is: now you know! Please help keep this gentle giants safe and happy and abide by signs are rules when in areas where manatees roam!