Don’t Have a (Sea) Cow Man!

Mrs. Mahoney’s environmental science class had the opportunity to go to Homosassa Springs and swim with the manatees! The students were able to learn about manatees and other marine life. The students spent the afternoon with the boat captains that took them on the tour, learning about the manatees and swimming with them.

“It was a great experience and I would definitely do it again!” 

Josh Baker ’19

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A manatee guides slowly through the water. Manatees usually come up for air every 3 to 5 minutes. They can hold there breath longer, up to 20 minutes in fact! When manatees breathe, they replace 90% of the air in their lungs, compared to humans 10%!

 

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Snuffling along, a manatee looks for food. Manatees have no natural predators in the wild… except, unfortunately, for humans. Humans have played a large part in their risk of extinction.

 

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The students enjoyed capturing moments in pictures of the manatees they got to see at the springs. Manatees are very buoyant and their average speed is only 3 to 5 miles per hour. This sadly means manatees are too slow to get out of the way of a speeding boat.

Please remember! Follow the rules on the water, don’t drive fast in no wake zones, keep the manatees safe!

Want to know more?

Manatee information was provided by Smithsonian magazine, to read more about manatees, go here.

Are you concerned about the fate of these gentle giants? Have you ever seen manatees up close? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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