we humans have a love affair with SPEED.
and apparently NOISE.
but today . . .
it’s about speed.
the shy and trusting and gentle
” it’s not the manatee’s fault that it evolved in an environment with abundant food and not predators . . .
so that it became
unwary and vulnerable.
so that now its very survival depends on our regard for it.
our willingness to share this crowded planet.”
~ paul nicklen with national geographic
this gentle creature feeds on aquatic grasses.
manatees swim close to the water’s surface
because they are air breathing mammals.
here are some facts about these shy gentle friends of ours ~
a few typos. but you get the gist of it. and the gist of it
is a plea for these wonderful creatures of the sea.
their biggest enemy? why man of course.
isn’t that the way with most creatures upon this earth? and in the sea?
“propeller scars mark these manatee. graphic evidence of a too close encounter with a boat.
about 1 in 4 of Florida’s 360 manatee deaths in 2012 resulted from collisions.
slow-speed zones would help. but boaters resent the restrictions.”
~ paul nicklen
yes. we seem to value speed.
at all costs. we must be able to roar through the waters.
360 deaths might not seem like much to you.
~ but their numbers are dwindling dramatically due to many reasons ~
and to the science community… it’s too many.
here are some sweet pictures of these remarkable creatures.
i love you mom!
i love you too!
but your father’s about to come home.
go eat your grass now.
and . . .
MIND the boats ! ! !
hello dear !
‘ my little book of manatees ‘
by hope irvin-marston
illustrated by stephanie mirocha
if you have little children. or even older children . . .
read to them about our wild life.
or encourage them to read about it.
it is NEVER ever too soon to instill in them
a love and respect for every living thing on this planet.
after all. it is their future.
yes. they may grow up to own a speed boat.
and there is nothing wrong with that.
but they will remember.
they will remember to share the waters.
there are enough to go around.
the manatees have a particular habitat.
they deserve a quiet safe home. just as much as you or i do.
and if the child learns that early. he or she will remember.
to accept and love and treasure this treasure
of the seas ~
a shy and gentle friend.
they like US.
and just to show you how much they like us . . .
my captain sent me some very wonderful pictures.
these beautiful quiet shy and gentle friends
come to visit him around his sailboat home . . .
he took these himself ~
in his own backyard ~
so to speak !
enjoy . . .
a little fresh air please captain ! good morning to you !
what’s for breakfast captain?
we’re having our usual.
sea grass of course! LOL.
hey horace ! over here!
some cool picnic grounds man!
isn’t she beautiful?
the sunlight dappling on the grey of her form?
i can kinda see how lonely pirates and sailors used to think . . .
well . . .
time to go back
see ya again soon captain !
here’s to happy lives for us both.
you know . . .
on the water!
and thank you to my captain. the host and originator of the peanut.
he kindly shared these pictures taken from
‘ manatee fritter ‘
his websites are in my sidebar.
and don’t let him kid you.
he is a champion of protecting our beloved oceans and wildlife therein.
til soon old bean!