Saturday, April 14, 2018

Manatees - Sustainable Saturday #AtoZChallenge #blogboost

What can be more exciting than sightings of a rare, gentle creature?

The manatee is a slow moving mammal found in Florida. It is also known as the "sea cow" although it is more closely related to the elephant.

Living in water, they can hold their breaths for up to 20 minutes.  They are plant eaters, and can eat up to 10% of their body weight in plant matter each day.

The West Indian manatee, along with two other manatee species, was endangered at one time, but in the last 18 months or so has been "upgraded" to threatened.   Here are some fun facts about manatees. Their only real enemy in the wild is man.

January 2018
If you visit Florida during the winter, you may get to see these gentle creatures close up in Florida's crystal clear waters.  One of their congregating spots is Blue Springs State Park, near Orlando.  We went there early one morning to see the manatees swimming in the St. Johns River.

They can be run over by boats - manatees are no match for boaters.  In fact, the other day I was watching a rerun of the show Jeopardy and the champion that day was the man who helped write the "no wake" law in Florida.  This law is necessary - over the years, enough manatees have been injured or killed in collisions with boats.

Humans in Florida have finally woken up to the importance of saving the manatee. In fact, during manatee season, swimming and boating is suspended within this park. Manatee season ended this year around March 28, but they will be back in the late fall.

Day 14 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost and "M" day in the Blogging in #AtoZChallenge.  My theme:  "Florida-Outside the Theme Parks".

Tomorrow I'm "off" participating in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day but Monday I will return with my "N" post.  Please join me then.

8 comments:

  1. Interesting information! I enjoyed reading it. Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Bloom Day? We are awaiting an ice storm. My neighbor has one lonely crocus blooming - if the rabbits haven't already eaten it.

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  3. We have friends in Tampa who took us to a local preserve, where we were able to see the manatees up close. It was awe-inspiring

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  4. I love animal kingdom stories and so great that there is a no wake law to protect the manatees.

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  5. beautiful animal. I love to read about animals, insects, and plants.

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  6. I have the good luck to see one manatee while sailing in Key Largo. He surfaced and snorted at us as we came into dock. Nearly crashed the boat but so worth it!
    Thanks for the great info!

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  7. I'm so glad to hear that people are waking up to the fact that man is such a danger to wildlife. Hopefully they'll be out of danger one of these days.

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