See A Gigantic Manatee Peacefully Swim Under Canoes In Florida

Written by Katie Begley
Updated: July 10, 2022
Image Credit Thierry Eidenweil/Shutterstock.com
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Manatees call Florida their home thanks to the warm waters. A few canoers in Florida saw one massive manatee pay them a visit by swimming through the water under their boats.

Four women in clear canoes waited in awe as the giant sea creature glided underneath. They all kept their paddles out of the water to let the manatee, which was longer than either boat, swim undisturbed.

Many manatees return to Florida in November after spending the summer and fall months in the Gulf. They are common in waters near Florida, Louisiana, and even as far West as Texas. As the weather gets slightly colder, however, many of them return to Florida’s warmest waters. People often associate manatees with Florida. Locals and tourists alike enjoy seeing these peaceful creatures known as “sea cows.”

Fortunately, manatees are not aggressive. These women seemed to know that and did not worry at all about being so close to the animal. They are just as peaceful as the manatee, which swims leisurely along.

While this video does not include a more specific location tag, many manatees live in Tampa’s Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Everglades National Park, and Biscayne National Park.

Manatee in Crystal River, Florida, USA
Manatees are known to be found in Florida.

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Are Manatees Endangered?

Manatees are protected by multiple national and local laws. These include the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978.

These women seemed to know that interfering with a manatee’s natural behavior is not good for the animal. It is also illegal to feed or harass them. These women let the manatee swim by without disturbing it or trying to get its attention.

After its encounter with the canoers, the manatee continues its swim. It stays close to the shore and does not veer off course or change direction as it approaches a dock. The women watch as the graceful manatee swims away. They keep their paddles out of the water even once it is past. They do stop to take photos of the manatee as it swims underneath their canoes and continues its journey.

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About the Author

Katie is a freelance writer and teaching artist specializing in home, lifestyle, and family topics. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine and The Spruce, among others. When she is not writing, Katie teaches Creative Writing at Indian Creek School and was awarded an Author Fellowship to Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She also enjoys spending time with her three kids and cat.

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