03 April 2012 | Gasparilla Marina
While I was waxing the boat I heard a little breath sound and looked up to see a Manatee looking at me. I was lying on the dock so I could polish to the water line and we looked at each other about 6 feet apart. He or She left but continued to come back every 5 minutes or so. Only his nose and whiskers come out of the water, and he or she is pretty homely. I laugh to myself at how homely they are when you remember that early Spanish sailors described them as mermaids. Clearly they had been at sea much too long.
I apologize for the picture but the camera had trouble focusing on the target.