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At Emerson Point, Palmetto, Florida

This is one of a family of manatees in the wild at the Crystal River in Florida. Picture was with a digital Ixus compact camera in an underwater housing. Taken whilst snorkelling amongst the manatees.

manatees are huge but kind animals, smoothly swimming around, and always searching for another one to gently play with, to touch, to kiss, to embrace .... i made this image in wakula spring near talahassee, where the west indian manatees gather in winter because the spring is nicely and constantly warm during that time .... we also swam in the spring in december and most americans do not understand that, cause they think the water is too cold then. haha they have no idea ! ... it is not cold at all and so awesome, when you have such an amazing brightwater spring just for yourself !

 

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Yes a gentle giant , but looks a little beat up.

Another friendly juvenile. Had to gently push away to get its photo.

Arches hot-press paper

in handmade sketchbook

About 7 x 8 in. (17.5 x 20 cm),

Derwent, Eberhard Faber, and Inktense watercolor pencils,

Pitt Artist’s pen, Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen.

 

Sunset/water relfections exercise.

 

Looking west to the Gulf of Mexico along the Manatee River near Bradenton, Florida.

 

Photo reference (mine)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Taken at SeaWorld. Orlando, Florida

As I was driving to work this morning I glanced in my rear-view mirror and saw this sunrise. I immediately pulled over to the side of the road and took several shots of these beautiful colors.

This Snowy Egret was settled in to watch the antics of hundreds of manatees playing in the warm waters around the TECO Big Bend Power Plant. Judging from the "frown" on his face, he may not be happy that they are invading his space.

Manatee County, Florida

The little fishes like to eat the algae that grows on the manatees.

This Day In History - Jan 9, 1493:

Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaids

 

On this day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three "mermaids"--in reality manatees--and describes them as "not half as beautiful as they are painted." Six months earlier, Columbus (1451-1506) set off from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, hoping to find a western trade route to Asia. Instead, his voyage, the first of four he would make, led him to the Americas, or "New World."

 

NASA Image:

A Microquasar Makes a Giant Manatee Nebula.

 

Left: W50 supernova remnant in radio (green) against the infrared background of stars and dust (red).

Credits: NRAO/AUI/NSF, K. Golap, M. Goss; NASA’s Wide Field Survey Explorer (WISE).

Right: A Florida Manatee rests underwater in Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida.

 

A new view of a 20,000-year old supernova remnant demonstrates the upgraded imaging power of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and provides more clues to the history of this giant cloud that resembles a beloved endangered species, the Florida Manatee.

 

W50 is one of the largest supernova remnants ever viewed by the VLA. At nearly 700 light years across, it covers two degrees on the sky – that’s the span of four full Moons!

Taken on a earlier trip this year in Florida..Yep was that close and yes got wet :). Beautiful creatures of the water

wishing everyone a good start into the week with this cute manatee ...

For 2014 National #RefugeWeek this male manatee with gray snapper was chosen as a favorite image. Taken at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Three Sisters Springs, it raises the question do manatees communicate with fish? Taken Winter 2013.

At the Manatee on Hutchinson Island near Jetty Park in Fort Pierce, Florida.

 

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There were 14 or 15 of them up at the head of the springs today. So cool.

Making a compelling argument for NO WAKE, Idle Speed and Manatee Zones, this manatee swam right up and past me, in a spot that I had never seen, or heard of them frequenting before. Telltale scars from propellers on his tail reveal previous encounters with boaters.

Young, curious manatee, in the light

The manatees swimming in the Weeki Wachee paid little or no attention to the kayaks floating over their heads. This one is about to swim directly under me.

There are always a few manatees traveling up and down the Weeki Wachee, the Crystal, and the Homosassas Rivers. They move freely from the Gulf to the springs - but this week, due to the very cold temperatures [38 F several nights], large numbers swam up to seek protection in the warm waters of the spring.

I just returned from a long weekend to get up north to some of the springs to photograph manatee. My timing was perfect with the cool weather returning after an absence most of December. My biggest battle was actually with people. They crowd the manatee and stir up the water until you can hardly see the manatee. I only managed a few frames with water as clear as this before the tourists arrived.

 

Shot with a borrowed Nikon D200 and housing. About 1 hour into my swim I was cold...2 hours I was freezing...at 4 hours I couldn't go any longer and kayaked back to my car. I think I need more blubber like a manatee! Many thanks to Diane for use of her kayak.

We stopped off at the Springs to view the Manatee in their natural habitat. Only a few remained in the warm waters, now that it is spring they will begin to move on to other areas.

Blue Spring Manatee Refuge, Florida

Homosassa, Florida.

Seen off Caye Caulker, Belize.

manatee is the answer to everything.

This friendly juvenile manatee saw its reflection on the dome lens of my underwater camera and came quite close. Taken outside Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River Florida where manatees congregate in winter to escape cold gulf waters.

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