Manatees in the Canal

Manatees in the Canal

We’ve seen manatees many times in the canal behind our house. I often spot the “manatee footprint” which looks like a giant figure eight on the top of the water.  Usually it’s not a “kodak moment”–the water is too dark and when the manatees surface it’s either just a snout or the back which just looks like a big gray rock.

But this time, it was high tide and a mama manatee and her calf were feeding on vegetation that had grown over the banks and seawalls on the canal. I was able to go out on the kayak ramp and have an up close and personal experience with the two.

Mama Manatee

The manatees usually have scars on their backs from boat propellers but I thought this was an odd mark since it was on her head.
The manatees usually have scars on their backs from boat propellers but I thought this was an odd mark since it was on her head.

Manatees in the canal

Manatees in the canal

Manatee Calf
Then her calf came up to me to say hi and it had the same markings. Numbers? Tribal tattoos?
Manatees in the canal
I know that FWC microchips them when possible. I didn’t know about this type of ID. Or maybe I’m just imagining it.  Anybody know?

It was a thrill to have them this close and being able to get some good photos of them!  They weren’t afraid of me and only left when they moved on for more food.

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    • Yeah Donna and Michelle, It was very cool! Stood out there and took about one thousand snaps! I didn’t even realize that the manatees were numbered until I started looking at the photos. I saw some pictures of the manatees that were recently rescued from the pond at the Plantation golf course. They were numbered! So I’m guessing Mama and baby were rescued recently and the numbers haven’t washed off yet!

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