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Old 05-13-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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I Just got back from Navarre pier freediving with some friends and was just wondering if it was normal for a Manatee to be in the area. I've lived here for 21 years and have never heard of them being around here. I was out at the first piling after the broken section and looked passed my buddy and there he was.. I swear it looked to be 10 feet long and 3 feet wide. I was tearified at first so then I decided I would swim up and pet him. I don't think my decision making has ever been rational by the way. But anyway he just swam around all calm like so I followed him for awhile. He seemed to be hanging around the pier with a couple of turtles. If anyone was wondering the vis was horrible and there were no fish to be seen except for the ones you might have in your fish tank.
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:20 PM   #2
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I saw one off the P'cola pier once....freakin things are HUGE!!!!!
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:56 PM   #3
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Been free diving out there for years and never saw one.

Pretty awsome though!
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When I was stationed in Norfolk we actually had one wander all of the way up there. They had to transport him back to FL three times over three years since he kept wandering north.



There were a lot of water hyacinths in the gulf today, had to have drifted from the big bend somewhere. I wonder if they are related. Any thoughts
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:19 PM   #5
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theres been alot of post about manatees lately.. so I guess there coming back around..
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:35 PM   #6
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Guys..... there are no such thing as manatees.

A pigment of your imagination. Nitrogen narcolepsy or something.

See, old timey sailors called them "mermaids" and proceeded to interbreed with these things.

The offspring turned into tree-huggers and politicians, and have made many of our favorite waters NO WAKE ZONES designed to "protect" the endangered manatee.

Really its to make the interbreeding more pleasant for them. It's hard to get jiggy with it while fighing boat wakes.

So.... shhhhhhhhh. No more manatee sightings.....
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so who could we call/email to let them know we've seen more and more manatees??? Cause i'd like to get on the horn tomorrow about it...thanks
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Call all your friends. Shouldn't take long...
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HJ,



Good point. What change it has made on the ST John's on NE FL.
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just told my dad about all the other manatee sightings besides minelately and he said its no big deal that when the water warms up they can be found all the way in texas. i didnt believe him but he is a marine biologist for the national park system so i decided to look it up and this is what i found

"In the summer months, manatees travel freely around Florida?s rivers and coastal waters. A few manatees may range as far west as Texas and as far north as Virginia (one manatee was even documented in Cape Cod, Massachusetts!), but these sightings are rare. Sporadic summer sightings in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina are relatively common."
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