When we went to Homosassa Springs Nature State Park
I hoped one thing.
That we would see Manatees.
And I was thrilled
Of course they were wayyyyy
So, I didn't know if I could get good photos of them.
But it was like angels were listening.
As soon as I went over to a little bridge, one came right up under me.
Up close and personal.
And I swear....
he looked into my eyes and lens.
If I could of, I would of jumped in and kissed him
played with him.
But they have rules against that kind of thing.
Just LOOK at him!:
Look at his pudgy-smudgy cutie pie face!:
Yet, they are such huge, gentle creatures!:
He just kept splashing and going under and then coming up right under the bridge
and looking at me.
I was in LOVE!:
OMG..do you SEE those itty bitty nostrils peeking up from the water?
I swear I giggled and he giggled back.
I want a manatee for a pet! So cute!
Fantastic photos Joan, and it was pure serendepity that you two met. I sure hope I spelled that right!
it is so sad to see the scars on their bodies from the boats...they are big and gentle creatures...
I AM SO JEALOUS!!!
what an amazing, wonderful experience!
I have always liked the Manatee , just something about them, they are soo cute ! Lovely photos. Have a good day !
Aww he was flirting with you!! What a awesome thing to see!
congrats on your find, these are wonderful shots and i to would like to kiss one. Snooty lives in the museum pool and we go watch him eat and feel the same way.
talk about a dang moment. back in the 80s we were at Medira Beach, Johns pass. i was reading in my chair bob was fishing about chest deep right at the pass. I looked up and out in the pass was a shadow about 10 feet long and moving fast headed right for bob and the man standing by him, i raced out into the edge of the water screaming and pointing at the shark, bob started hoofing it through the water back towards me screaming all the time. suddenly he stopped and started walking towards what i thought was a shark. it was a giant manatee and he got to PET it. Dang, i did not. he said it felt like a moss covered rock
how sweet is that! I loved watching them swim and play when we'd go to the Columbus Zoo; they had a nice display for manatees injured in the wild and they'd rescue them and keep them safe!
thanks for sharing such beauty!
Wow.. these are wonderful photos. What an amazing creature. I'm so happy for you that you had this beautiful encounter and I thank you for sharing it.
Manatees are funny looking creatures. They almost have a pig like face..ha! But are cute animals. Glad you got to see them!
Seriously! I loved these pictures! I have always been fascinated by manatees. I am so impressed that you got to see them so up-close and personal!
Our world has such an amazing variety of creatures! Outstanding photos!!
Wow, you got some great shots! How fun to get that close!
Great captures of the beautiful animals.
Hi Joan, When I lived in Jacksonville, there were lots of Manatees in the St. John's River... We'd see them every time we got out in a boat on that river... Amazing creatures...
I love this photos....especially the one with the nostrils sticking out of the water!
ages ago, if you took a tour ride, you could feed the manatees lettuce from your hand! It was like feeding a large vacumm sweeper!
Amazing! I can imagine that this was a thrill.
What a sweetie! Thank you so much for sharing your moment with us.
My son (now 27) did a speech on them in grade school. I love them.
Great shots.. I have never gotten any
so clearly of their little faces..
hahaha i love that last pose, it seems like he's naughty doing the nicest poses! Congratulations for finding your wish at last!
Oh Joan, you are so lucky to have gotten this close to one of the manatees. I have only seen these gentle creatures in aquariums but I find them fascinating. Great photos.
They are such interesting pudgy creatures. How lucky were you to have him romance you. Great shots especially the nostrils. We don't have them here but we have Dugongs which are very similar. They may even be the same animal with a different name.
Beautiful crystal clear photos as always and what a great experience. One to treasure always.
No wonder you wanted to kiss him! I did too when I saw your photos! What a cutie pie! Thanks, Joan!
Such clear and adorable shots! He definitely loves the camera!
How wonderful!! What an experience! :)
Some great shots of this unusual creature.
Those are beautiful shots. I really like the last one ;) Congrats on your POTW.
I happened across you blog and was so impressed that you were able to get so close and be able to photograph that manatee. Thanks for sharing these photos. I enjoyed seeing them - Dave
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