To add to the vast array of wildlife we have been seeing from Muddy Waters, along came a Florida Manatee. We were filling up the water tanks in Marathon before our trip the next day and along came this guy looking for a drink. Apparently they really love to drink fresh water, so the hose in our aft cockpit was the perfect magnet for this big guy! Not sure if we were filling or emptying the tanks faster! As we learned afterwards, it is not a good idea to “water” the manatees because it makes them more likely to approach boats – definitely not in their best interest, unless of course you have a boat with two kids who would gladly dump overboard all of mom’s organic salad greens to feed the manatee a nice lunch! No, that didn’t happen, but would have served us right because as all of us are aware, they are frequently injured by boaters who drive too fast around inland waterways. Manatees are slow moving animals; they lumber along like big sea cows, unable to move fast enough out of the way of an approaching speed boat. So we learned our lesson–no more messing with mother nature, but it sure was an amazing encounter and I am sure you will enjoy seeing the short video we posted under the video clips.
You just taught me a lesson about Mother Nature. We are enjoying the photos and blog. Love all of you and enjoy the trip.
Mike – What are the plans for the timing of when you are hitting NYC?
Growing up, I used to go fishing all the time. I do not recall you ever going with us. Did you? Funny how you are living on a boat now. And we are old!!