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When the article starts with “mounds of writhing sea creatures,” you know we could not miss our opportunity to find out more. And on some Florida beaches, it’s a thing.

You might delight at the opportunity to see some manatees. But maybe not if they’re engaging in very public and overt acts.

According to Save The Manatee: “In shallower waters, the effect of their mating can be quite dramatic with churning waters and flailing flukes and flippers.”

While concern is understandable, because of the aforementioned churning and faliling, there’s no need to alert local authorities.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office assures you they are more than fine.

You might not be, though… Anyone attempting to push them back in the water will be charged with manatee harassment.