I thought I would share with you the fun I had capturing these pictures of Manatees. In July of 2012 my husband Dennis and I were painting a Sail Boat on a canal in Apollo Beach Florida. I was able to take some pictures of Manatees that were living in a canal in the Mangroves. I was so excited get some great photos of the whole Manatee. I have been trying for years to take some pictures of them and have them be of the Manatee and not just the water, a tail or a head shot.
Here they were just coming in from the Bay to the Mangroves. The first picture is how my pictures would look when I was finished taking photos of the Manatees. It was so Great to be on the canal in their natural environment and hear them coming closer. You can hear them when they come up and when they dive back down under the water.
I am lucky to have a viewing center near by when the weather turns cooler. If you are looking for information on the Manatees it is a fantastic spot to visit and learn. We will bring company here and they love it! Manatee Viewing Center – Tampa Electric. Manatees are a large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. They measure up to 13 feet (4.0 m) long, weigh as much as 1,300 pounds (590 kg), and have paddle-like flippers.
I was able to walk onto the pier and get a close up of the Manatee. I was trying my best to be quiet and not spook it and have it swim away. The second picture above the Manatee had begun to swim back out into the canal. I have to believe there was something special about that day because the sun was shining and the tide was out so I was able to get close to these beautiful giants! I had felt blessed that day and also excited to be able to capture these pictures.
They are slow moving and have been known to get caught up in the props of boats. As you can see here there is scarring on this Manatee. If you are interested here is a link for information about Manatees. Florida Manatee | Basic Facts About Florida Manatees | Defenders of Wildlife.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures of the Manatees as much as I did taking the photos! Thanks for stopping by and having a look!!