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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 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adorable :heart:
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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BelieveBeluga Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Wow! What did you do to waterproof your camera?
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rawriloveyou123 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this! their my favorite animal :] such a beautiful picture
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:iconmatatati:
Matatati Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Beautiful
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ManateeDerpPlz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Derp.
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:iconmonsterbrand:
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
you've been featured here: [link]

:heart:
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:iconlaura-skeff:
Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
spectacular picture,sweet creature! :faint:
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PinkiNeko Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Photographer
Love them too, nice picture with the reflection :D
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Aniju-Aura Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Manatee! Adorable!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here! [link]
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
this image has been featured in my latest "Light" Feature and can be found in my latest journal and the following news article link: [link]

Hope you like it :)
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
This piece has been featured here: [link]

:heart:
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Wonderful. :D
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Slushy-Pye Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What a gorgeous shot. :)
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
as part of manatee awareness month, this image has been featured here: [link]

Hope you like it :)
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
November is Manatee Awareness Month, and in honor of this event, I was wondering you you wouldn't mind my adding this to a news article I want to make at the beginning of the month? Hope to hear from you soon regarding this question :)
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
Sure, you have my permission to use this image for a news article on deviantART. A link back to the image would be much appreciated. Thanks for bringing attention to these wonderful mammals!
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
k, I'll probably have it up and running the first week of November. I'll be sure to send you a link to the news article once it is posted :)
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cycoze Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb capture.
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dancekellydance Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
:tighthug: :+fav: :heart: :D ;) :) :P :hug: :thumbsup:
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SanibelRoo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009   Photographer
You are featured here [link] :D Let me know if you want to be removed. Thanks!
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kceb14 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot!!!
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:iconwavehello:
WaveHello Featured By Owner May 28, 2009   Photographer
Stunning shot! :wow:
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
this image is featured in, "Florida Living", found here: [link]

Hope you like it :)
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Matthew-T Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a very powerful photograph. I saddens me how many people can disrespect such beautiful life.
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start-static Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You have perfectly captured the peaceful serene nature of the manatee.
Beautiful shot!
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selvatico3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Splendid creature and great shot!
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Agua-Turtle677893 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
you make great pictures! :clap: :camera:
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DiLaila Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Lovely picture of my fav animal, lucky you had the chance , but nevertheless good shot!
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gibsart Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Beautiful shot, quite amazing !
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simon0108 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice! =)
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Eltasia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
Hello :wave:
You have been featured in my journal [link] :heart:
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ponyfeathers Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you mind sharing which spring you went to? I've gone to Crystal River twice now, and the water is murky to begin with. Not to mention all the people swimming with fins that kick up a bunch of the sand...
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
This is Three Sisters Spring...it's also incredibly popular (overpopular actually) and after two days in the water I only have a handful of images with water clarity like I had hoped. The tour groups dump 20-30 people in the water as soon as the sun rises and they come and go basically all day. It would be perfect photography conditions otherwise.
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sarahleony Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
i love manatees. graceful and gentle and ancient.. :heart:
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KestrelWings Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
MANATEE!!!! I love these guys so much.....My family and I have gone to Florida for Christmas a couple of times so we could go swimming with them. We're very careful around them, though, so don't worry! ^_^ They liked to come up to the boat to get belly rubs. :D

This would make a really great poster.
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Colliemom Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry I hit the wrong link. No print request, but a fave for sure!
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InsaneGelfling Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
This is absolutely fantastic.
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: I`ve featured this in my latest journal [link] if you would like it removed just let me know :)
Was suggested I turn this into a news article so its here too [link]
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grugster Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
I feature this wonderful work in my journal. [link]
Hope that is okay with you. If you don't want it there please inform me and I will remove it immediately. Bye Sunny
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Shangova Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009   Photographer
You are sooooooo lucky to have a chance to dive with it and take such a clear picture! SUPERB!
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SeptSky Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
:wow: Such a very clear photo! Is this done underwater or through glass?
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juddpatterson Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
Underwater using a borrowed camera housing.
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SeptSky Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
Well is certainly is spectacular! :faint: Can't believe they were that close!
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ds28 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
fantastic light n colors
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That is one awesome animal, very nice shot.

Alex
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
i love the clarity of this picture!
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009   Photographer
Featured [link]
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