The Cutest Manatee

Manatee: Want it

While I was on vacation in Florida I took a stop at Homosassa Springs, a wildlife park where you can observe manatees (some just call them sea cows). Sadly, this was before the digital camera age and the photos are now tucked away in a storage room in Germany. Anyway, I adore manatees. And these are just a couple of reasons why:

“Manatees are gentle and slow-moving. Most of their time is spent eating, resting, and in travel. They eat aquatic plants and can consume 10-15% of their body weight daily in vegetation.” (source)

Check the manatee cam

Just recently, I found out about the dwarf manatee, which was discovered in the Brazilian Amazonas in 2002 through a skull. 2 years later, the first living dwarf manatee could be photographed. With only 130 cm in length they are the smallest sirenas. The species was named Trichechus Bernardi after the late HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, founding father of the World Wide Fund.

Get your dwarf manatee fix over here.

Cutest manatee
by Marc Van Roosmalen

5 comments on “The Cutest Manatee

  1. nzingha

    On the final pages of my last reading dark underwater shadows bring nervousness to a beach till people noticed:Manatees! Wooo.
    Animal week. Love it. I want a job in the animal film industry.

  2. nzingha

    and I forgot … everybody on that beach started immediately to think about all posssibilities life might offer by taking a look at this cuties.

  3. Doc Nancy

    When I’ve been to Florida I saw two manatees kissing each other. So cute! But I always have to cry when I think about the mean motor boats… :-(

  4. krull

    My parents brought me a Manatee-Pin from Floria. Until then I´ve never heard of them but now I´m known as Manatee-Ambassador. I wear the pin with proud and tell anyone who asks all I know about those cute boo-boos!

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