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Manatee by juddpatterson Manatee by juddpatterson
A West Indian Manatee photographed in a crystal clear Florida spring. They come to the springs for the warmth (72F water). The water might feel warm at first, but after 4-5 hours my body was shivering so much it was hard to take photographs. I only managed a couple images with water this clear because there are so many large "Snorkel with Manatee" tours that dump 40-50 inexperienced swimmers into the water so they can stir things up and harass these endangered species. Not everyone bothers the manatee, but I witnessed more than enough harassing from swimmers who were probably not properly trained by the tour guides. Regardless it was amazing to be in the water with these gentle marine creatures.
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Kalliroe Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adorable :heart:
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IndigoSummerr Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I freaking LOVE these animals, my absolute favourite ;...; some people just don't understand how cute they are Q__Q omfgIthinkImdyinghere!
sorry :heart:
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SoundOfRaindrops Nov 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
can I please put this amazing picture in my poll? (People don't know what a manatee is ._.)
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Wow! What did you do to waterproof your camera?
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rawriloveyou123 May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this! their my favorite animal :] such a beautiful picture
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MonsterBrand Oct 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
you've been featured here: [link]

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Laura-Skeff Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
spectacular picture,sweet creature! :faint:
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PinkiNeko Sep 20, 2010   Photographer
Love them too, nice picture with the reflection :D
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