amipost.com/wild-life/manatee-watch Manatee graze the shallow waterways of Anna Maria Island and are a popular target of tourist viewing. But these endangered gentle creatures struggle to survive the loss of habitat and strikes by boats and propellers. With a little care and attention manatees can be protected and enjoyed by future generations if we all become aware of their simple needs that haven't changed in 45 million years.
This video shows a herd of manatee and the signs of their presence: swirls of water, bobbing heads, tail swishes, and the occasional exhale loud of breath. Their slow movements make them vulnerable to fast moving power boats and propeller impacts, while careless boating over shallow seagrass meadows can destroy their food supply.
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