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Travel Tuesday photo of the week: Florida manatee on the Weeki Wachee River

There are only 2,500 manatees left in the world and about one fifth of these are Florida manatees.  One of these rare creatures approached my Dad’s canoe on the Weeki Wachee River in Florida.  They are also referred to as sea cows, but as one website stated they should be referred to as seas elephants as they are their closest living relative.

Manatee in Florida

Florida Manatee on the Weeki Wachi River

For this picture the animal might have better been referred to as a sea dog as it approached my father’s canoe as if to say “pet me, pet me.”  My dad did not pet him, but he did take the travel Tuesday photo of the week.
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8 Responses to Travel Tuesday photo of the week: Florida manatee on the Weeki Wachee River

  1. Jay Gordon January 5, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    I always learn something when I read your column. You keep on dazzlin’!
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  2. santafetraveler January 6, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    Great photo!That’s sad that they are dying off. I think they are sort of like sea lions. How neat for your dad- a brave man as I’ll bet there are gators in that water. This week I discovered the plight of the animals on the Serengeti. When will we learn?
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  3. islandmomma January 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Beautiful picture. I have a “thing” for manatees since seeing one, in captivity in Florida almost 20 years ago. Try though I might, I never did get to see one in the wild yet, though it is high on my bucket list. I have “adopted” one, though! She’s called Rosie and I sponsor her with savethemanatee.org. One of the main reasons their numbers are dwindling is careless or bad boating. Many of the ones rescued have scars from boat propellors. The BP oil spill did them no favors either. Sorry, jumping off my soapbox now. I have no idea why I feel so strongly about them!

    Love this blog. Will be following you from now on!

  4. Elle January 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    As a Floridiot, I’ve had the opportunity to see manatees a few times while we’ve been out on our boat. My friend’s mom lives right on the water and they often let the hose dangle from the dock, the running water attracts the manatees who come up to the surface for a drink. It makes for really cool pictures!

    There have been several measures taken to help protect the manatees here in Florida, I hope that this will be effective in helping them from becoming extinct.
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  5. greg urbano January 10, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    the fed gov is thinking of taking them off the endangered list which is a travesty, we lose way more every year than we gain
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  6. LeslieTravel January 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Great shot! He looks so cute. Hope I get to see him in person one day 🙂
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  7. Tibbie October 9, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Surprisingly well-written and informative for a free online ariclte.

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