*The basic design was adopted in 1900. The flag was updated in 1985, when the state seal was changed. Before 1900, it was a white flag with the state seal in the center.
**In 1868, the Florida Legislature adopted the Seal of Florida, but over the years, several changes have been made to the seal. However, the basic design has been maintained. The last revision took place in 1985.
***The 1975 Legislative declared the "The porpoise, also commonly known as the dolphin, is hereby designated as the Florida state saltwater mammal." While the terms are incorrectly considered interchangeabe, they do refer to two distinct animals. The Bottlenose dolphin(tursiops truncates) is commonly found in Florida's waters. It is believed that was mammal the Legislature was referencing.