Published: Jun 19, 2011 7:11 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 19, 2011 7:11 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida wildlife officials are urging boaters in north Florida to be extra vigilant about protecting manatees.
    
Drought conditions have made water levels on the Santa Fe River exceptionally low right now. That means boaters and the endangered marine mammals are sharing a limited amount of water.
    
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ask that boaters scan the water around them for signs of manatees - swirls, mud trails, snouts or tails. Then if they think they've spotted one, boaters are urged to give it plenty of room because it may not be alone.

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