Date: 7 August 2018. Manatee Newborn.
Life aboard Seaweed is truly wonderful.
What is outside is even better. Viewing wildlife has become a
favorite activity of mine. I hypothesize about what I
see, trying to understand why behaviors occur. Just the other week I saw what I suspect to be a newly born
manatee calf. Here's what I saw, and why I believe this to be the
youngest manatee I have been privileged to observe.
First, the baby and her mama.
Note how the mama keeps herself between Seaweed's swim platform and
I have come to realize when the manatees visit it is generally on a
high tide. I suspect that is because of the mangrove right behind my
boat. The leaves are closer to and in the water at high tide.
When Mama Manatee arrived she she
came for her greens:
Side Note: The
Manatee Mama and Baby (calf)
article describes the diet of these gentle giants. There is lots of
other information covered too, along with more pictures for the
manatee fans among us.
I like manatees.
They are playful, peaceful and
seem to enjoy life at a leisurely pace. I admire that.
like Mangrove trees:
The leaves were
CHEWED OFF ↑
by the manatee.
The reason I believe this is a
newborn is because of the behavior I observed. This baby was ALWAYS
touching the mom. Most of the time when I see calves they are close
but not touching.
Also, the baby was as small as I
have ever seen.
Can you believe what a
wonderful life I have?!?
I am blessed to be able to watch the world from my home.
Gosh, for those of you that have yet to buy your dream boat, do try for
one with great cockpit seating.
I am sitting right beside the cleat, watching these
Should you have any
interest in wildlife, observing the world
of nature from your own boat is an experience to be treasured.
Mama manatee is enjoying the fresh leaves.
Her baby is learning about the
world, while nuzzling the mama of course.
see how the baby is always touching mama:
Because they were staying so closely
and the size of the baby, I believe I witnessed a miracle.
A while back I told you about the trio of manatees that played with
Algae in the canal. Read the
Manatee Bumps Algae
article for details. That was a stellar day for the logbook.
Life afloat does
not get any better. Of course each time I say that,
yet another wonderful thing happens! I suppose that is the real
miracle of living my dreams. I am without a doubt very fortunate.
Trawler Forum said it best:
In the end, the rich guy is
the one with all the stories to tell.
The baby just popped her nose up for a breath of air.
the duo swam away.
Some folks don't understand
why boaters choose this life.
No single reason would suffice for me. Two more were added to the
Happy boating to
you, and thanks for reading.
Have you seen manatees in person? Where?
I'd love to hear about any wildlife babies you've observed.
Julia and the Fabric Postcard by Jan ~
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