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Final three images: taken from within the underwater viewing tank.
Highly intelligent mammals, manatees are curious. And these often swim close to the tank- perhaps to check us out.




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May 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM
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Good job, Charlie! These give the sense of being underwater
Their curiosity can be fatal sometimes. Collisions with watercraft, ingestion of fish hooks, and entanglement in crab trap lines are some of the causes of their death.
Socrate



May 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM
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Really nice Charlie. I really like the second shot

Birdie



May 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM
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Thanks Socrate and Birdie.
Manatees have very few natural predators. They stay in shallow water most of the time, so occasional attacks by crocs or gators are possible, but happen surprisingly seldom- considering that manatees are slow-moving and practically defenseless. Perhaps it's just their size that keeps attackers away.
By far their greatest threat is being run down by boats.
And you're right about boats and manatee curiosity, Socrate. They live where there are thousands of fast-moving small boats- with propellers that can rip apart manatees. And even careful boaters can't see the animals because they only raise their heads out of the water occasionally to breathe (I mean the manatees raising their heads ).
Because they're so intelligent (again, I'm referring to the manatees ), you might expect them to realize approaching danger. Not so, however, because their hearing is set for higher pitches than what speed boats produce. When manatees hear approaching boats, they get the hell out of their way.
Charlie



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Who was under water Charlie - you or the Manatees? Neat shots no mater ~ Ron


May 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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nice photos,,

when we lived and boated in Florida we would anchor for the evening and many coves had Manatees in them eating the vegetation,, if they came over by the boat we would run a fresh water hose over the side and they would grab a drink,, certainly not afraid of humans but have seen many with the propeller marks across their back or part of their tail cut off by a prop,, shallow water and fast boats are their main enemy,,

Derry



May 20, 2012 at 01:12 AM
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Really nice Charlie

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May 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
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Thank you Ron, Derry and Per.
We were ALL under water, Ron. It's just the the water was touching the manatees, but not me . Maybe that's why they called it an "underwater viewing tank."
Prop damage to the manatees is so prevalent that biologists often use the damage marks to identify individual animals.
Charlie



May 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM





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