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Just shot this pic off the boat (Marathon). This guy and another (maybe his mother) hang around here a lot. Interesting that they have few or no prop scars. THe manatees further north (Fort Myers Beach and even St Pete) seem to have a lot more. I guess that is because these two hang around the canals in Marathon which is all pretty low speed. For some reason, I never get tired of looking at dolphin and manatees... neither do the kids.

What should we name him? I vote Andrew, after our dear TDW... quite the resemblance.



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Re: Friendly Manatees

Manatee Insanity. Wasn't too long ago, back in the good old days that
that manatee would have been up on the grill while we old timers were sitting
back knocking back sun downers. Before our buddy Jimmy and the
Save the manatee crowd, these slow moving animals carried the name
sea cow, for good reason, they are packed with protein and taste like beef.

Glad the kids like them.
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This is a family that would visit regularly in Marathon.
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Re: Friendly Manatees

Snorkelling on the Wakulla River in N. Fl, the crazy varmints swim toward people wanting to be scratched but you better not cuz it is illegal to touch em. Likewise, they try to rub against the bottom of our canoe cuz the small keel scratches em. Sorta disconcerting if you don't expect it.
We were boating on the river watching one and it swam toward a canoe with two girls who were oblivious to the manatees. I yelled to em to look down into the water. They saw the manatee and musta thought it was a Loch Ness Monster cuz they FREAKED OUT and paddled like mad to the shore
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Re: Friendly Manatees

hmmm.. you are not supposed to touch them.. but what if they rub up agianst you?

I do hope to make it down there one day to actually see them
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Re: Friendly Manatees

I visited a local Marathon establishment on a few different trips to the Key's and the little guys would come up to the dock and the employees would spray them with fresh water and they loved it! They would open their mouth and let them spray right in there.

Pretty calm animals and I see why they are called Sea Cows.

Can't wait to move down there in a couple of years!
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Guiatea [sic]. I miss that guy.

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Re: Friendly Manatees

When I was docked at the Marathon City Marina there were three of them at my boat every day, one of which was absolutely huge, the other two a bit smaller, probably in the 500 pound category. The larger one I estimated at about 800-pounds, and was confirmed by the local game and fish guy, who was there at the same time. It is illegal to touch, feed, or provide them with fresh water. The fine is pretty stiff if prosecuted.

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