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Manatees mating in local waters (Hugh Manatee Alert)
Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | June 14, 2008 | Wendy Victoria

Posted on 06/14/2008 5:56:16 PM PDT by abb

Along the Emerald Coast, it's fairly common to see dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles and other marine animals. But manatees cause more of a stir.

That's why Niceville veterinarian Jenny Fortune and her husband were slow to identify what was swimming between them in hip-deep water near Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park recently.

"I'm looking at it, going ‘Oh my God, what is it?' " Fortune said. "These things are giant. Your brain just doesn't compute."

She said they first thought it might be a large manta ray. They quickly realized that the creature wasn't flat, but very, very bulky.

"It just kept going, it was like a train," she said. "Finally, at the tail end, you could see a flipper."

Manatees do visit local waters infrequently during the summer, according to Andy Garrett, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"It will be hit or miss," he said. "It won't be like traveling the waterways around South Florida."

They even mate here, he said.

Fortune, who called the FWC wildlife hotline after her manatee sighting, said she was told that there were five breeding manatees near Destin.

No one at FWC could confirm that conversation. However, officials said that folks who do see courtships often call it in out of concern for the animals.

Garrett said that several males will chase a lone female into shallow water, where she will wait until she is ready to receive them.

Typical calls involve folks worrying that the female is injured and other manatees are trying to help it by pushing it to shallow water.

"That's what they think they're seeing," Garrett said. "What they're actually seeing is the male trying to get underwater to mate with her and she's not letting them."

Daily News Staff Writer Wendy Victora can be reached at 863-1111, Ext. 1478.

SEEN A MANATEE?

Have you seen a manatee in local waters? Call Wendy Victora at 863-1111, Ext. 1478, or e-mail her at wendyv@nwfdailynews.com. The Daily News is also interested in publishing your photos or videos of manatees found in the area.


TOPICS: Humor; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: coastalenvironment; environment; florida; hugh; makinglittlemanatees; manatee
Hugh Manatee Alert!!
1 posted on 06/14/2008 5:56:17 PM PDT by abb
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2 posted on 06/14/2008 5:57:00 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: Perdogg; martin_fierro

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3 posted on 06/14/2008 5:57:31 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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4 posted on 06/14/2008 5:58:23 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: mcg2000; SwinneySwitch; COEXERJ145; The South Texan; SouthTexas; Theodore R.; deport; Dog Gone; ...

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5 posted on 06/14/2008 6:01:59 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: HAL9000

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6 posted on 06/14/2008 6:03:50 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb
Typical calls involve folks worrying that the female is injured and other manatees are trying to help it by pushing it to shallow water.

Hey, folks, your father ever tell you he was NOT hurting your mother???

7 posted on 06/14/2008 6:04:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drill Here! Drill Now! Pay Less! Sign the petition at http://www.americansolutions.com/)
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To: dfwgator

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8 posted on 06/14/2008 6:05:10 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

Don’t care about manatees. I stopped watching Family Guy a long time ago.


9 posted on 06/14/2008 6:05:47 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter.)
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To: abb

One of the saddest things I have ever seen was a huge manatee swimming around and around in a small shallow pool in a town on the west coast of Florida. I am not a big fan of keeping wild animals in captivity and that includes zoos.


10 posted on 06/14/2008 6:06:37 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: PBRSTREETGANG; capt. norm

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11 posted on 06/14/2008 6:07:28 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

LOL the 9 yr. old came running into the house last week to tell us one turtle was trying to hurt another turtle. Her 8 yr. old cousin had to tell her they were making babys. Boy was she disgusted.


12 posted on 06/14/2008 6:08:28 PM PDT by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: abb

Liberals get to hyperventilating over some of the weirdest things. I guess watching two walruses copulate would turn some people on. I’m not one of them.


13 posted on 06/14/2008 6:08:50 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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14 posted on 06/14/2008 6:10:10 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

Good one, abb!

I actually did sit here and LOL, for several minutes.

And I’ll probably wake up laughing some time late tonight!


15 posted on 06/14/2008 6:11:20 PM PDT by Aarchaeus (V)
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To: abb

2 gray whales fonicating in 6 feet of water has got to be funnier.

We watched 2 of them getting it on in Magdalena Bay about 30 years ago and about died laughing!


16 posted on 06/14/2008 6:12:06 PM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: Aarchaeus

We’ve not had a hugh manatee alert in a couple of years. About time for one, doncha think?


17 posted on 06/14/2008 6:12:22 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: jimrob; Admin Moderator

Hugh Manatee Alert!


18 posted on 06/14/2008 6:13:17 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb
Good golly are the jokes around here getting STALE. We need an unsuspecting Newbie Troll to come up with some new ones. ;)

Next we'll be talking about "Mooses" and "Cheese," fer Pete's Sake!

19 posted on 06/14/2008 6:14:41 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: abb
That's why John Murtha doesn't ever get in the water around here. He's afraid of being mistaken for a manate.

He has that manatee face.


20 posted on 06/14/2008 7:52:48 PM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: abb
That's why Niceville veterinarian Jenny Fortune and her husband were slow to identify what was swimming between them in hip-deep water

OK...

21 posted on 06/14/2008 7:55:51 PM PDT by SouthTexas (If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!)
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22 posted on 06/14/2008 8:18:50 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: abb

It was only a matter of time that a legit article would come across that we could legitimately use the Hugh Manatee!


23 posted on 06/14/2008 9:16:56 PM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Don’t care about manatees. I stopped watching Family Guy a long time ago.

Manatee!

24 posted on 06/14/2008 9:31:10 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Don’t care about manatees. I stopped watching Family Guy a long time ago.

Manatee!

25 posted on 06/14/2008 9:50:01 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: higgmeister

Sorry... wasn’t paying attention. My wife walked into the room and I had to show her the Hugh Manatee! picture, then forgot where I was.


26 posted on 06/14/2008 9:53:33 PM PDT by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: abb
Dugong! Dugong! (Also known as the Manatee.)
27 posted on 06/15/2008 1:41:44 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Code Pink should guard against creating stereotypes in the Mincing Community." --Titan Magroyne)
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To: abb

“They quickly realized that the creature wasn’t flat, but very, very bulky.”

As I type this reply, I “quickly realize” that I am sitting on front of a computer and not a skid-steer loader...


28 posted on 06/15/2008 5:08:05 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: All

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had a Hugh Manatee alert. We FReepers have been remiss in keeping up with Manatee news. Just look here!

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20080613/BREAKING02/797414286
Manatee sexual predator arrested for failing to register


29 posted on 06/15/2008 5:19:39 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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And more.

http://www.abc-7.com/articles/readnews.asp?articleid=19814&z=2
COLLIER COUNTY: It was an impressive sight Friday in Collier County as crews helped an injured 1,600 pound manatee and her young calf back into the wild

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=6756699&version=6&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1
Storms damage Manatee homes


30 posted on 06/15/2008 5:24:22 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

Back in ‘92, I took my scouts snorkeling on the Seawanee river where threre were reports of Manatee sightings.

One of the older scouts raised the hue and cry Manatee, manatee, manatee!!...

Then after attracting all the attention of those nearby.....never mind, it’s just Bert but it sure looked big enough


31 posted on 06/15/2008 5:26:07 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The Bitcons will elect a Democrat by default)
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http://www.bradenton.com/local/story/670547.html
Several Manatee projects avoid veto pen

http://www.bradenton.com/local/story/670548.html
Manatee Sheriff’s deputies’ salaries frozen


32 posted on 06/15/2008 5:27:27 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: bert

Apparently, this Manatee sexual predator is named Hirum. A brother of Hugh, perhaps?


33 posted on 06/15/2008 5:29:51 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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http://www.naplesnews.com/photos/galleries/2008/jun/11/summer-tennis-camp-manatee-middle-school-students/49389/http://www.naplesnews.com/photos/galleries/2008/jun/11/summer-tennis-camp-manatee-middle-school-students/49389/
Manatee Middle School’s summer tennis camp


34 posted on 06/15/2008 5:30:40 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; Gamecock; F15Eagle

“Is anyone here a marine biologist!!”


35 posted on 06/15/2008 5:32:20 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: martin_fierro

Some updates this morning.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20080615/NEWS/806150367/0/FRONTPAGE
Cupid’s employee convicted in Manatee prostitution sting

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20080616/REALESTATE/806160438/1448
Manatee land market said to be iffy

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/jun/15/elderly-man-missing-manatee/
Elderly Man Missing In Manatee

http://www.bradenton.com/local/story/677512.html
Foreclosures create ripple effect in Manatee


36 posted on 06/16/2008 5:09:20 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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