Saturday, August 14, 2010

Manatees Love Apalachicola

Well... I saw a first today and didn't have my camera with me...just my luck.

As I started across the causeway to Apalachicola, there were about 10 vehicles pulled off the south side of  Hwy 98, with the drivers and occupants looking at the bay. After stopping I could see something splashing about 50 yards out in the bay and realized that it was a manatee breeding.

It seems that manatees are indiscriminate breeders and when a cow goes into heat, all the males in the neighborhood show up. Today there were 9or 10 in attendance when  I stopped, but I was told they had been there for several hours.

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Here are some photos that John took.

John's photos

Here are some photos Laura took of the manatees.

East Bay Manatees


  1. Wow.. they are amazing Capt. Ron. I don't believe I've ever seen one in person. Thank you for sharing the pics!

  2. Jeanie, That's the 1st time that I witnessed them breeding. Usually we see 1 or 2 at a time. Pretty amazing seeing all those big critters in knee deep water.