Besides the dolphin , manatees are the second largest marine mammal that visits our shoreline
seaweed washes into harbor and they come to eat it
by Jerry Hayes, LMNGNO
Observed resting in the river while I was kayaking.
Encounterd this beauty while taking a trip to Meriit Island Florida back in 2014.
Two mom-calf pairs. Both moms had dramatically large white boat-strike scars on their backs.
Mom's name is Agnes - her calf was born in June last year in the park. Still nursing. Agnes surprised a snorkeler.
NOT a real manatee. This is a photo of a replica on display at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC.
They gather here in the warm water each winter
Is an endangered species and protected in Dominican Republic.
He was ashore and in bad health conditions. He died after few hours after been rescued. They made autopsy in National Aquarium discovering that he was drowned.
Manatees! This guy showed up while we were scuba diving in Crystal River, Florida. After a quick belly rub she was on her way. These massive creatures are pretty typical for Floridian waters, but we were lucky enough the see many in one day!
See from NPS Visitor Center walkway overlook.