Lusia the manatee is prepared for her Daytona Beach release.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is celebrating its third manatee release this year from its Manatee Critical Care Center.

Jax Officals Warn Boaters To Throttle Down For Manatees

Apr 22, 2016
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News


The  U.S. Coast Guard is patrolling the St. Johns River off of Jacksonville's north bank Friday. Commanding Officer Nicholas Pavlik steers toward a manatee zone right under the Hart Bridge that’s marked with an orange and white sign.

“If you’re outside of those red and green buoys, you need to be at no wake and that is the manatee zone,” said Pavlik, pointing to the marked areas. “That’s where the manatees tend to be, kind of outside the channel, off to the side grouped together.”