The holidays have seemingly cleared the highways of commuters, but manatee traffic is building to record numbers in Palm Beach County waterways, and wildlife officials are urging boaters to use caution.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a recent aerial survey spotted more than 800 manatees in Palm Beach County waters. That’s the largest number of manatees counted in a single fly-over survey of the county, according to the state wildlife agency.

Most of the manatees were seeking the warm refuge in the waters by Florida Power & Light’s Riviera Beach power plant and the Port of Palm Beach. But some small groups were traveling in the Intracoastal Waterway, the FWC reported….

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Boating news highlight courtesy of Boat History Report.

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