Swimming with Manatees
Trip Start Mar 13, 2011
10Trip End May 01, 2011
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Captain Jake took us out on his fishing boat onto the coastal waterways, where the manatees come for warm weather during the winter. It was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies. We donned our wetsuits and snorkel gear, and into the icy cold river we went. Floating on our stomachs, we paddled around, looking for the little guys.
Now, we read about the manatees before we went, and we watched videos about them. We knew they were vegetarians; we knew they showed absolutely no fear or aggression toward humans. But when we actually swam in the same water with them, and came upon them in their natural habitat, our breathing quickened and we all sucked in more water than we intended. It is quite intimidating seeing them up close and personal
(I wish I had the actual manatees on film. Alas, I don't have an underwater camera. And I didn't want to miss the experience by being behind the camera. I added a couple movie shots you might enjoy, though.)