Smiling Manatee by lgraham

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The manatee’s closest living relative is an elephant! I was surprised to learn this but after noting the body bristles, little nails on their flippers and little round whisker areas where a tusk would be I can see the resemblance. This manatee is in an refuge centre in Chetumal Mexico. They told us he is free to go but kept returning… so now he eats 22 kg of lettuce a day and does circles in a pen.


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Lisa’s images have been published in Photolife Magazine, inFocus Magazine, Island Child and various newspapers including the Comox Valley Record ’A Day in the Life" special for the last two years.
Her prints have been displayed at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Comox Art Gallery and the Comox Valley Airport.
You or commission a session of your own or view more travel and underwater images via Lisa’s website

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    There is something really cute about them, I have just read you are in Comox, we know the island very well, we love it there, have several good friends on the Island, from Victoria to Campbell River, we haven’t been over for a couple of years due to health issues of mine and we do miss it dreadfully,
    take care hugs Ann

  • Sorry to hear about the health issues Ann. It’s forums like this that keep us connected in a visual way; you can be here in mind and spirit if not body ;)
    ps – manatees are loosely related to elephants, if you look closely do you see it?

    – lgraham

  • Carl Olsen
    Carl Olsenalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely shot. He does indeed appear to be smiling. I appreciate the informative write-up too.

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 2 years ago

    Delightful shot ! My kids had the opportunity to swim with these lovely creatures in Florida when they were in grade school !

  • What a special experience for your kids! I would have LOVED to swim with him but was not allowed… he was entertaining to watch though.

    – lgraham

  • vic321
    vic321almost 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot !

  • Thanks :)

    – lgraham

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