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Manatees spotted on South Carolina coast

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COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) -

The South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources is reminding boaters to be aware of manatees, which are an endangered species.

It is illegal to feed and water manatees, which encourages them to hang around docks and marinas, and exposes them to potential injury.

The first manatees of the season have been spotted along the coast of the Palmetto State. There are an estimated 3,000 manatees in U.S. waters according to the SC DNR.

Enforcement efforts to prevent the feeding/watering of manatees will be enhanced in South Carolina.

Manatees are migratory in South Carolina. They move up the coast each spring when temperatures rise and can be find in estuaries, tidal rivers and marine waters near the shore, according to the DNR.

The South Carolina DNR is asking people to report manatee sightings. You can call 800.922.5431 or report it online here.

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