Thursday, June 2, 2011

Manatee Patrol

11 May 2011

Today we had the thrill of witnessing a pod of seven manatees cruising slowly through our marina area. These shallow swimmers were clustered together in the largest group we had ever seen. All had typical disfigurements from perhaps propellers or other hazards, but this did not detract from their grace and beauty.

For more info see: "Half a manatee's day is spent sleeping in the water, surfacing for air regularly at intervals no greater than 20 minutes. Manatees spend most of the rest of the time grazing in shallow waters at depths of 1–2 metres (3.3–6.6 ft). The Florida subspecies (T. m. latirostris) has been known to live up to 60 years... Manatees are capable of understanding discrimination tasks, and show signs of complex associated learning and advanced long term memory."

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