What’s a vacation without inflicting home movies on your friends?
The sunrise runs about five minutes. The manatee footage is about eight minutes.
We weren’t ten feet from the dock when the manatees swam up to join us. They’re incredibly docile and social. The younger ones want to suckle, as you’ll see.
As our tour guide Cinnamon explains in the video, their only threat is from humans. Most of them have scars on their backs from speedboats running them over. By law, the channel is a no-wake zone, but sure enough some jerk came speeding through at warp speed, sending us all rocking in the kayaks.
For $30, you’re out in incredible wildlife for between 2-3 hours, depending on circumstances. The water was murky because of Tropical Storm Fay, but normally it’s quite clear. The manatees don’t mind.
Hopefully we get down to Space Coast Stadium this evening for a Brevard County Manatees game.