A full-grown manatee, which can weigh more than 1,000 pounds, looks like the result of a genetic experiment involving a walrus and the Goodyear Blimp.
One of Laurie’s goals on this Journey Across America was to swim with the manatees. We did that last week in Crystal River, Florida. It was fun, even though water conditions were murky and many of the manatees have migrated from the area to other waters.
Enjoy the adventure in the short video following.
We saw a number of adult manatees and several calfs. The adults average 1000 pounds and ten feet in length. They are wild, but gentle, animals. You’re not allowed to harass or impede them but they don’t have the same rules.
Trip Update. We are eight weeks into our four and one half month Journey Across America. We entered Florida last Sunday and have only spotted one small (18 inch) alligator. The other million or so gators must be hiding. We set off Easter Sunday, after church, for Fort Meyers on our way to a few days in the Everglades. I expect we’ll see a few more there.