Our very own airboat Captain Steve bared witness to a fantastic sight right behind the Lazy Gator Bar. As he was walking towards the dock to prepare for an airboat ride; he had heard a strange sound and went to investigate. Upon arrival he saw four or five manatees splashing about in a mating ritual. He was nice enough to provide this photo of one of them!
According to the History Channel, manatees inspired the many mermaid legends heard today. Mermaid sightings by sailors, were most likely manatees, dugongs or Steller’s sea cows. Manatees are slow-moving aquatic mammals with human-like eyes, bulbous faces and paddle-like tails.