Our first stop on the boat tour of Gale's Point Wildlife Sanctuary was a little warm spring in the middle of the lagoon where a whole bunch of West Indian Manatees hang out. There were four or five of them right near where our guide had dropped anchor, and they would surface quite frequently. It was tough to get photos, though, because they'd only come up for a couple seconds at a time. This is the tip of one's nose, but occasionally we'd also see a tail or a fin.
Boat landing at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
One of five different manatees viewed while canoeing in February, two of which were juveniles.
Broad flat back, in rolling dive after snout came up first for breath; no dorsal fin; brown/gray color.
The West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) is a manatee, and the largest surviving member of the aquatic mammal order Sirenia (which also includes the dugong and the extinct Steller's sea cow).