Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Green Miles Meets The Gray Manatee

I was down in Miami this weekend for the National Wildlife Federation-sponsored Carbon Neutral Sailfish Tournament. We were hanging out on the docks while crews from CNN and CBS interviewed tournament organizers, when a manatee popped up right under our feet ...

I think the "sea cow" comparison isn't fair to cows -- it underestimates just how lethargic the manatees are. I've seen cows hustle when they're spooked, but I can't imaging the manatee rushing for anything. That's one big reason they're so vulnerable to boat motors (note the notch in the manatee's tail).

You can learn more about manatee conservation at the Save the Manatee Club!
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