|It looked likes a piece of tape on the Manatee's back. When the Manatee took a breath it would swell up in that area.|
|It was breathing. The Manatee was about 8 feet long.|
|It was hardly moving, but then they aren't exactly greyhounds of the sea. It shouldn't be this far out of the water. I was told that what looked like white tape is actually boat scarring.|
When I called Fish and Wildlife at about 5:30 or 6 pm I started talking and the girl said, don't go near Manatees before I had a chance to say anything. Geez, I was standing at a seawall looking down at it. What a putz she was. You have to LISTEN first girl before you lecture someone calling for help.
I am going now to take a picture now and see how (Lets call him Smokey, the same name as my virtural dog/cat) Smokey is doing. I hope Smokey is gone, foraging in deeper water.
Morale of this story: There isn't much you can do to help with a sea mammal weighing almost a ton. I am not ragging on Fish and Wildlife. It is a big area to patrol.
Just got back: He is gone this morning. Goodbye Smokey, I hope it wasn't just the tide that took you away.
|Normal Manatee, what looked like tape on Smokey is boat propeller scarring (see the side of this Manatee).|