Bimini manatee

This morning began quite ordinarily enough and soon there was a group of tourists wandering the beach. As we peeked out the window to admire the late morning ocean, we spotted a long, dark shape moving slowly south. The wrong shape to be a dolphin, the wrong shape to be a shark, we found ourselves wondering if it could possibly be....a manatee.

As I searched through the binoculars, I wanted to catch a glimpse of a breath. I waited. And waited. And then, out came the muzzle and a breath! I grabbed my “snappy” camera & the binoculars & headed outside. I was able to capture this photo - not the greatest, but I swear, it's a manatee. I followed the animal as it slowly maneuvering rocks & turned northeast through "the native cut." I kept my eye on it (and the boats that were approaching) as it headed toward the entrance to the harbor. In the center of the channel, it took a breath, showed its back and presumably dove to the bottom. I didn't see it again... 

A bit later, I wander the docks, but with no manatee sightings. Then we were able to take ride the full length of the Bimini harbor channel, but again, no manatee sightings. We’ll all be keeping a close eye for the next few days in case we see the lost creature again. As far as I have heard, it has been about 11 years since a manatee was seen in Bimini. And before that? Who knows... 

Until next time,

Kel

 

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