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Six Mating Manatees Beach Near Boca Raton
AP (via TBO.com) ^
| Jill Barton
Posted on 07/30/2002 10:15:53 AM PDT by mattdono
By Jill Barton
Associated Press Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Six mating manatees were returning to the ocean Tuesday after beaching themselves in the surf off Boca Raton, officials said.
Biologists said the five male manatees and one female manatee were showing a typical mating pattern, common during the summer.
The manatees showed no recent wounds and appeared healthy, said Dr. Kirt Rusenko, a biologist with the city of Boca Raton who was on the scene. He said they were not in any danger.
By mid-morning, two of the manatees had returned to the ocean and the other four appeared to be moving out as the tide moved in.
A crowd of about 100 curious onlookers gathered along orange barricades set up to protect the creatures.
"A lot of people are running for their cameras," Rusenko said.
Kelly Purdy, a sea turtle specialist with the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, found the manatees about 6:30 a.m. while doing her regular survey for turtle nests.
Penny Husted, a manatee biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, said from two to 20 males will follow a female manatee for days, sometimes weeks, until she is receptive.
"She will beach herself in shallow areas to hide her genital regions and to basically rest," Husted said. "It's important that people leave them alone when they do this so she can get the rest that she needs."
Husted said the female will typically return to deeper water once she has rested.
"We don't need to intervene in any way," Husted said.
Christy Hudak, a manatee specialist with the commission, said officers would step in to help the manatees only if the tide runs out and leaves them stranded.
Lt. Jim Huffstodt, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spokesman, said authorities were told about the beaching around 7 a.m. Biologists said the manatees could have washed ashore overnight.
The manatees beached about half a mile south of the Boca Raton Inlet, near the Whitehall condominium.
Local television stations showed footage of the six black manatees huddled along the shore as the waves washed over their backs.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: beached; fathillary; manatees
I didn't know that Hillary was on vaction?
I am not sure what I am scared of more, seeing her in a bathing suit or thinking of her mating...
AHHHH!!! MY EYES!!! CUT THEM OUT!!! CUT THEM OUT!!!
posted on 07/30/2002 10:15:53 AM PDT
P.S. The Humor category was for the comment...the story is a legit story...sorry for any confusion...
posted on 07/30/2002 10:16:43 AM PDT
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree!
posted on 07/30/2002 10:16:48 AM PDT
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Actually, this is a somewhat sad story. My wife and I have gone swimming with Manatees down in Crystal River, FL. They are very gentle creatures and it is too bad they they are beached.
posted on 07/30/2002 10:20:56 AM PDT
To: the tree of liberty
I'll bet these manatee...like the salmon.....prefer fecal bacteria diseased water...that's why they are coming close to shore. If there is any fecal bacteria diseased water...it's here in S. FLa.
posted on 07/30/2002 10:32:51 AM PDT
posted on 07/30/2002 10:33:35 AM PDT
Rush is presently covering this story.
posted on 07/30/2002 10:34:51 AM PDT
posted on 07/30/2002 10:37:21 AM PDT
This is very funny. When I left for work this morning, Fox New was showing aerial shots of the beached manatees -- like it was the latest in a series of mysterious beachings -- squids, whales, now manatees. Now it appears it was just a female manatee teasing a bunch of males, and they weren't beached at all. LOL
Bill, Hillary, Al, Tipper, Rosie, and Alec Baldwin. That's quite an orgy.
I see we are in synch today. ( Scarey, isn't it ? )
Six mating Manatees
Five Bingo Cardiacs
Four Dangling Chads...
Three Old Hens
With two Beaching Bums...
And a Reno dangling from a tree !
I wish I could have been in Boca Raton to have seen this. Manatees are ugly...but in a very appealing sort of way.
posted on 07/31/2002 8:10:42 AM PDT
Should have made them into BocaBurgers.
posted on 07/31/2002 8:22:39 AM PDT
Said daddy manatee ready to mate :
"Bring yo hat momma! We may not be comin' back this away!"
posted on 07/31/2002 8:28:15 AM PDT
Obviously they heard about the Margarita Happy Hour at the WashOn Inn. Hey got to check those tides charts though!
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