SOME THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT MANATEES (WHILE PRODUCING A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT MANATEES)
I'm in the middle of producing a Florida manatee show and some of the stuff I've learned is too good not to share.
- •Manatees are related to elephants.
- •Nursing mother manatees can adopt orphaned calves.❤️
- •The first case of identical twin calves was found recently.Double the chubby cuteness! ❤️
- •Sometimes Florida manatees get lost or disoriented.They can end up swimming over deep waters all the way to the Bahamas or Cuba.
- •Manatees seek out warm water in the winter.They congregate in shallower springs in Florida.
- •Florida Power and Light heat their water especially for manatees.Some manatees have grown so accustomed to the warm water output from the power plants that FPL have a system in place to warm the water during cold snaps for their safety.
- •Manatees can get hit by boats every year or two years.It's so common that scientists use their scar patterns to identify them.
- •There are so few manatees left that they're inbred.They're on average all first cousins. But for some reason this hasn't led to any weird mutations yet.
- •Their populations are growing!So much so that they're moving north in warmer months to find new habitat! 👏👏👏