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There were several adult and juvenile manatees at rest in the shallow waters at the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park in Homosassa, Florida, U.S.A. (See information below.)
DEDICATED to NewfieKieth, who is a great fan of manatees!

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SOLD a card to NewfieKeith, Feb. 3, 2012. My sincere thanks, Keith!!

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D
1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 160, focal length 55.0mm
Enhanced in Topaz Adjust to bring out details more.
See large and notice the striped fish in the lower right.

From the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park:
The park serves as a rehabilitation center and refuge for endangered West Indian manatees that have been orphaned or injured in the wild and also for manatees that have been born in captivity. The natural spring environment allows them an opportunity to re-acclimate themselves to a more natural environment before they are returned to the wild.
Description:
A large, seal-like body that tapers to a spatulate tail. Two forelimbs with three or four nails on each. Skin is thick and wrinkled with stiff whiskers on upper lip. Color:Gray or gray-brown. Size: Manatees can grow to 13 feet and weight over 3,000 pounds. Behavior: Gentle and slow moving. Most of their time is spent eating, resting, and in travel. Often shy and reclusive. No system of defense and completely harmless. Sight: Depth perception may be limited. Can differentiate colors. Hearing: Manatees can hear very well despite the absence of external ear lobes. Communication: Manatees emit sounds that are within human auditory range. They make sounds such a squeaks and squeals when frightened, playing or communicating, particularly between a cow and its calf. Breathing: Nostrils are on the upper surface of the snout which close tightly like valves when submerged. Surfaces to breathe every few minutes depending upon amount of activity. Habitat: They can be found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, estuaries, saltwater bays, canals, and coastal areas, particularly where seagrass beds flourish. Range: Within the United States, they are concentrated in Florida during the winter, but can be found in summer months as far west as Louisiana and as far north as Virginia and the Carolinas. The West Indian manatee can also be found in the coastal and inland waterways of Central and South America as far south as Recife, Brazil. Food Source: Aquatic plants. Manatees are completely herbivorous and can eat 10-15% of their body weight daily. History: Manatees are believed to have evolved from a wading, plant-eating animal, and share a common ancestor with the elephant. Problems: Human Related: boat / barge collisions, loss of habitat, crushing or drowning in flood gates, poaching, ingestion of fish hooks and monofilament line, entanglement in crab trap lines, pollution. Natural: Cold related, “red tide”. Legal Protection: Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, 1978, U.S. Marine Mammal Act, 1972
U.S. Endangered Species Act, 1973

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manatee, water, homosassa, wildlife park, sea cow, wildlife, nature, animals

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 2 years ago

    Such gentle giants – wish I could see them in person sometime! Beautiful capture, Dot!

  • I hope you get that chance, Monnie. They are really unique creatures.

    – AuntDot

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    stunning !!!

  • Thank you for your wonderful comments and support, my friend!

    – AuntDot

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 2 years ago

    Sweet animals and a very nice capture. I’ve read that manatees may
    be what shipwrecked sailors saw and thought to be mermaids!
    Ha. Hope they gave them a lift to land!

  • Thank you, Marriet. That’s an interesting theory…I hadn’t heard that before! LOL

    – AuntDot

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Great info. Very nice capture with them and the fish.

  • Many thanks, Judy.

    – AuntDot

  • Margaret Stevens
    Margaret Stevensover 2 years ago

    A wonderful capture!

  • Thanks very much, Margaret! So glad you like it!

    – AuntDot

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Dot

  • Thank you so much, Larry!

    – AuntDot

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    NatureGreeting...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful Dot, and love the reflections, as well as the resting Manatees!! NICE SHOT!!!

  • Thanks so much, Caroline. The reflections of the trees almost totally hid the manatees. I was lucky to get what I did.

    – AuntDot

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture Dot, water shots are not easy, you have captured it beautifully.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Andrea!

    – AuntDot

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