Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Holy cow!

And while we are on the subject of notable creatures, let me mention the manatee.

What should come cruising by our beach the other day but a manatee, or "sea cow." Huge, the size of a small whale. Languorous. Unafraid. So close to shore that our neighbor's son-in-law, who happened to be on the beach with a camera, was able to snap some pics (click to enlarge).

An historic sighting for us, a first during our twenty years on the island. According to the internet, manatees are rare enough in the Bahamas that some of them have names and are tracked by scientists. Be that as it may, it was a visitation that juiced up the week.

We're used to sharing our patch of sea with rays, sea turtles, barracudas and the occasional shark, even dolphins on rare occasions. But a sea cow! Was it Gina, or Harold, or Rita, or Crusoe? Stop. Stay a while. What's the hurry? Where are you going?

A mammal. A herbivore. No bother to anyone. And we are its most dangerous enemy.

(Photo by Phil Martelly.)