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#1 EBParks

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 07:10 PM

Alright I finished my second video from our recent trip to spring country in Florida. This one is the first full length video of an awesome manatee encounter we had.



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#2 sbtgrfan

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 07:56 PM

That is awesome. Great video. I was able to snorkel with the manatees in December 2014 in crystal River, FL and it was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. Unfortunately we had people watching over us to make sure we didn't purposefully touch them, but I had one come up and nudge me a few times.
Stephen Beaman
Freshwater Aquarist
South Carolina Aquarium
Charleston, SC

#3 EBParks

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 08:47 PM

Yeah it's hard to tell in the video because our movements are so slow, but that little guy was being very persistent about staying on a controlled drift-n-nudge technique. We kept trying to move away, but it kept folt.

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#4 Casper

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  • Chattanooga, TN alongside South Chickamauga Creek, just upstream of the mighty Tennessee River.

Posted 28 January 2016 - 09:57 PM

Cool, he's just a baby.  But already sporting scars from propellers.  In the Chaz we brought long handled brushes and they lined up for a good scrubbing scratch session.  Therapy, probably fresh out of rehab.

Casper Cox
Chattanooga, near the TN Divide on BlueFishRidge overlooking South Chickamauga Creek.

#5 dafrimpster

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 11:25 AM

Fantastic video. Thanks for sharing.


#6 Isaac Szabo

Isaac Szabo
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Posted 29 January 2016 - 11:11 PM

Awesome video. I'm glad you had some good manatee encounters. Looks like there were a few others there.

#7 mattknepley

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 06:26 AM

That li'l dude has the adorable meter pegged! Great video. Funny how it really shows through that it is such a young animal when it's as big as it is. I've seen adults in the wild, but not babies. Definitely a difference...

Love the music, by the way.
Matt Knepley
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."

#8 EBParks

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 12:58 AM

Thanks Matt. Yeah Isaac, there were four when we hit the water. The largest one and the mom and her calf kept their distance, but the young buck was nothing but eager for attention.

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