For the past eleven years, we have been stalking the wild manatee.  Looking for manatees is a bit like looking for submarines.  They are extremely hard to find, and when you do find one, you have only a brief glimpse of them before they disappear again underwater.  Usually, you don't find the manatees.  Instead, they find you.  Most of the time, you see a dark shadow lurking in the shallow water, and you wonder if you really saw anything at all.  Crocs, alligators, and manatees live in an aquatic Shadowland, and they revel in keeping you guessing as to whether or not they are present.

These Puerto Rican manatees may not be ready for prime time, but they're not shrinking violets either.  Four or five of these walrus-sized brown torpedoes put on a stunning drinking fest - proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that manatees enjoy drinking fresh water. 

We were standing at a dock next to two water hoses that were turned on, and the dangling ends of the hoses were submerged in salt water.  To our amazement, a group of manatees swam over to the hoses, put the hoses in their mouth, and took long refreshing drinks.

Take a look at the smile on the face of this manatee.  He has a water hose in his mouth and is sucking on it like it's a straw in a diet coke at McDonalds.  This guy can drink salt water all day long for free, but it appears that given the choice between drinking salt water and fresh water, he will take the fresh water anytime.

These three  manatees are lined up, waiting their turn at the water hose.  Each of them took long drinks, swam around some more, and then came back for another drink.

When they have had their fill of fresh water, they release the hoses into the salt water and swim away.  When the manatee dropped this hose, it ended up on his tail for a few second before sinking into the bay.

Manatees have one major enemy - humans with outboard motors.  Since manatees swim slowly just below the surface, it's doomsday for them when a boat with an outboard runs over them.  Several of these manatees had scars on their backs where propellers had lacerated their thick skin.

This picture shows that it's up to us to protect manatees from outboard motors.  The manatees swam around this motor and propeller, totally oblivious to the death machine just a few inches above their head.  They obviously don't know that they are at risk, and that we are the enemy.  Manatees are our friends and it's up to us to ensure their survival.  If we do our part, the manatees will live long and prosper, and everyone will have the privilege of seeing manatees in the wild.


Wouldn't it be a shame if we had to put all of the manatees in jail - protective custody in zoos - to protect them from us.  Although I can't speak the manatee language, I think that I can speak for them when I say that given the option - protective custody or freedom - they would choose to be free and live in a world without out board motors.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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