It’s A Manatee!
Manatees sightings were above average in Sarasota Bay last week. Mantees enjoy the warm water and the plentiful seagrass when they come here.
They spend half their day sleeping in the water, surfacing every 20 minutes or so for air. The rest of the day they spend grazing. Not a bad life huh? They are mostly solitary animals except for when males are pursuing a female or a mother is caring for her calf. Manatees take it slow. They average about 5 miles/hr when they’re swimming but have been known to get up to 20 miles/hr in short bursts!
They are curious creatures and will often come right up to your kayak.
Unfortunately their curious nature often gets them in to trouble when they get too close to propeller-driven watercraft. Many manatees die each year from injuries sustained from contact with motorboats. Fortunately many still survive and it’s important that we can see and interact with this wonderful, though endangered, animal.
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