In Search of Manatees

It is Wednesday, March 4, 2015, and we are in Florida where Manatees are almost as common as Alligators. The Manatees are far less plentiful as Alligators, but signage would lead you to believe they are common.

While we’ve looked in most of the swamps we’ve come across, we haven’t seen any alligators, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m actually feeling pretty good with not seeing an alligator. On the other hand, I’ve been looking in every body of water that we’ve come to, and I have yet to see a manatee.

Do you know the Manatee? They are very large mammals that some folks think sailors saw as mermaids. The Manatee are beautiful creatures. They are often called sea cows, but they are more closely aligned with elephants. Somehow, I feel connected to them, yet I’ve only seen one Manatee ever! Unfortunately, it wasn’t as close as I would have liked.

The Manatee are more plentiful in April, so I understand. They like warm water and need the water to be above 60 degrees Fahrenheit to survive. They like to hang out near water that is dispersed from factories and power plants, because the water is nice and warm. While the Manatee like the warmth from these sources, in the long run, it is bad for them. They no longer migrate to the Caribbean, where the water is naturally warm. I am optimistic.

There is one more full day to seek out the beautiful Manatee.