Manatees cuddling

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©junebug on February 22, 2008

How cute these big animals are! Great shot, Ryan! Cheers, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on February 22, 2008

Thanks Anne, although this again is just looking down into the tank from the walkway. It's interesting about manatees, though. They are the one animal here that I've actually gotten closer to out in the wild. I got a chance to pet a manatee's nose once from a canoe while she was nibbling on algae. The big difference in the swamps and rivers they like is out there, even if you get close enough to touch one, you don't really get a good view of anything but the nose, because the water is all covered with seaweed and algae and other things manatees like to eat.

Ryan

©junebug on February 22, 2008

Seeing one of these 'gentle giants' out in the wild must have been a great experience, Ryan. They are fascinating animals! Cheers, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on February 22, 2008

Indeed they are, Anne. There is one very good thing that results from these very gentle and completely defenseless animals being kept in captivity: here they will never have to share the water with speedboats. Cheers, Ryan

©junebug on February 22, 2008

That's of course a great advantage, Ryan! Cheers, Anne

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Photo taken in SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 21, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2008/01/01 09:58:33
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 59.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash

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