Monday, March 14, 2011

Manatee

We took a ride to the North Jetty near Nokomis Beach to watch the dophins feeding and the sunset--always a relaxing way to end the day.
The last time we went to the North Jetty was with Jean and Shawn after a lunch at Pop's Sunset Grille.  We saw a number of dolphin that time, but the spectacular event was that we saw a manatee.  A big ol' manatee floating its bog ol' self down the channel of the Intracoastal Waterway.  We followed it the length of the jetty, watching it as a huge dark blob that would surface just its nose for a sniff of air and then slap its flat tail very quietly and continue on.  That was quite exciting.  I'd never seen one close up before. Very cool.

This is not my picture, but the one that we saw was scarred like this.  They are not so smart about staying away from boat propellers as the dolphin seem to be.

8 comments:

  1. Fascinating creatures, aren't they?

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  2. I saw a real manatee a few years ago and was so excited I could hardly stand myself.

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  3. They really do need to smarten up or they will soon be extinct. Amazing creatures.

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  4. I do think they are fascinating creatures.

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  5. What a treat for you to see that beauty!
    I wish there were some way for them to avoid the propellers...

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  6. All God's critters are pretty fascinating but these should win an award.

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  7. I do love those gentle giants and just hate their problems with humans and propellers. Surely we can do better.

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  8. How fortunate you are. What a lovely way to spend time.

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