We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. Click here to find out more. Allow cookies

arrow Register here

Forgotten password?


  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Manatees by Spursfan2 on 1 July 2013 8:40am
Amongst all the mail when we returned from hols on Saturday night was info from Save the Manatee (we have an adopted Manatee called Brutus, and usually have 'paper-less' newsletters and renewal reminders as it saves them cash).

The info was concerning the fact that although more manatees (a staggering 582) have already died in 2013 than every other ENTIRE year (except 2010) the Pacific Legal Foundation - and I have no idea what this is! - is STILL calling for the removal of the manatee's endangered status !!

Are they mad? Manatees are wonderful, gentle creatures.

But there was also this heart-warming story:

I have to say that though I had 'kept it together' through most of the story, this quote got me: "She is my favourite rescue because she was dying alone in the rain, and I will forever take comfort in knowing that in her darkest hour I was there”.

Good to know there are still good guys in the world.


Re: Manatees by Loretto on 1 July 2013 4:33pm
Sean and I saw a manatee in Florida years ago, very peaceful and docile creatures, my mother-in-law told us they are also called sea cows. Good for you Anne, what a nice thing you are doing.
Re: Manatees by suzulu on 1 July 2013 5:46pm
It is so sad that so many manatees have died. They are such lovely creatures.

Thank goodness there are people like Tim Martell and people like you, Anne, who adopt.
Re: Manatees by Spursfan2 on 2 July 2013 7:49am
We first encountered manatees in the flesh around 1999 when we did a 'back stage tour' at SeaWorld Florida which was concerned with caring for injured manatees. From memory I think there were about 8 of us on the tour, 6 of which were American teachers. Of course I knew vaguely about them, but it really opened my eyes and Zak and I fell in love with them (the manatees, not the teachers!! Though the teachers were thrilled that we were there from the UK!! They got really excited when we said where we came from!!). Some of the injuries manatees get from boats etc. are horrific and I know SeaWorld sometimes gets a bad press (animals in captivity/shows etc.) but they do a hell of a lot of good with manatees, IMHO.

That same holiday we also went swimming with Manatees at Crystal River, Florida. We went, just the two of us, with a bona fide company and were given info about what to do and not to do. At one point another boat turned up (as you can imagine it is not guaranteed that you will see manatees and you more or less have to let them come to you). Anyway this boat seemed to have one large American family on it, and at one point I heard the mother say 'can we ride on them?' !!! Grrrrrr! Our guide said 'rednecks!!'.

That Xmas I 'adopted' Brutus on Zak's behalf as one of his presents, and have renewed it every xmas from then on! He's a West Indian Manatee at Blue Spring State Park.

The following summer we returned to Florida with a friend and went back to the place where we had booked the 'swim with manatees' trip. The trips had been indefinitely stopped, for the benefit of the manatees. We were sad not to be able to be with thee wonderful creatures again, but also pleased that the trips had stopped for the welfare of the manatees - although everything about the company we used was good, it is better to leave the manatees in peace.

Thank you Loretto and Sue for your kind words. It isn't hard to love them though !!

  Reply to this post:
  Register here


Select a discussion theme.
Register (or log in if you have not yet done so).

To start a new discussion topic:

Write the name of the topic in the 'Subject' box.
Type your message in the larger box to contribute.
Click 'Submit'.

To join a discussion topic:

Click on the discussion topic of your choice.
Type your message in the larger box to contribute.
Click 'Submit'.

To edit your message:

You can edit a message at any time after posting it as long as you're signed in.
Click on the 'Edit your message' link above the message.
Make your desired changes.
Click 'Submit'.

If you find you don't want to change the message after all, click on 'Return without changes'.

To set a chatmark:

Register (or log in if you have not yet done so).
Click on the "Set chatmark" link on the Chatter Box pages. This will set the time at which you have logged in.
Click on the "Go to chatmark" link to see all messages posted since you set your chatmark.

You can set your chatmark at any time and as often as you like.