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.
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 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).