Eating off the bottom
swimming in one of the garden's ponds. Added as a tourist attraction but apparently used to be very common in the sugar cane irrigation ditches where they were used to control vegetation.
I know the photo isn't the best, but seeing a manatee sure is the best.
The heated water in the Tampa Electric Company's discharge canal attracts a lot of manatees, and is now a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife park. I took a video of one bonking its nose on the fish bowl wall.
First photographs of this species in Aldabra, believed extinct since early 20th century. 1-2 individuals spotted irregularly over several months. All sightings within the lagoon, in/near areas of seagrass. Confirmed identification by Conrad Savy & Guy Esparon. Exact date for these pics needs to be confirmed. See: UNEP (2002) Dugong:
Status Report and Action Plans for
Countries and Territories, UNEP/DEWA/RS.02-1. p.22.
About a dozen manatees were visible in the spring waters, including this mother and baby.
Manatees observed drinking from a drain outlet into the Indian River Lagoon.
Manatís se observaron bebiendo de un drenaje a la Laguna Río Indio.
The Sirenia (commonly referred to as sea cows) are an order of fully aquatic, herbivorous mammals that inhabit swamps, rivers, estuaries, marine wetlands, and coastal marine waters. Four species are living, in two families and genera. These are the dugong (one species) and manatees (three species). Sirenia also include Steller's sea cow, extinct since the 18th century, and a number of taxa known only from fossils. The order evolved during the Eocene, more than 50 million...