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Manatees Cause Scene at Beach in Fort Lauderdale: VIDEO


Swimmers in Fort Lauderdale were treated to an unusual scene on Sunday as several manatees moved into shallow waters near the shore, through crowds of people.

They were caught on camera by Craig Hossack:

Hossack said at first glance it seemed the manatees were in a mating mode, but a closer look suggested a mother and four or five calves competing for suckling privileges.

Manatees are generally slow-moving and are non-aggressive, usually hanging out in slightly deeper waters and inland canals.

Check out the video, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Won't someody please think of the children!? We must protect them from this truly unnatural display! I'm appalled that those parents would let their children watch this. They may be influenced by this unnatural behavior. I think we must pass a law, preferably an ammendment to the state constititution, that bans this sort of group activity which should really only be allowed between TWO manatees, and only a male and female of the species.


    Posted by: WOW | May 8, 2012 1:52:55 PM

  2. Beach goers, both visitors and locals, need to know that touching, feeding or otherwise "harassing" a manatee in the wild is illegal in the state of Florida.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 8, 2012 3:33:21 PM

  3. Anyone else notice how little attention was paid to the lifeguards ordering everyone out of the water?

    Posted by: Bruce | May 8, 2012 3:48:27 PM

  4. Tell the lifeguard to swallow that whistle. This is really cool!

    Posted by: Tim | May 8, 2012 4:32:58 PM

  5. Tim: How would you like it if 50 people crowded around your wife or sister or whatever while she was nursing and said "this is really cool"! I get that people are fascinated, but give them some space. If the lifeguard was telling people to get out of the water for a reason (see Tampazeke's post), they should listen!

    Posted by: WOW | May 8, 2012 5:36:22 PM

  6. Oh, the huge manatee!

    Posted by: Alex | May 8, 2012 6:35:36 PM

  7. Manatees watch out on that beach, because if Aunt Zaidee or Rose from the local condos gets injured---oy vey--their NY lawyer son will sue the lifeguard and Fort Lauderdale city. The guy in the swim briefs ("speedos") had to be a European tourist. Oh but there was a time children, long ago, when young American swimmers were to be found on that beach in all their tiny nylon glory.

    Posted by: Contrarian | May 8, 2012 9:43:04 PM

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