When you think of Manatees, you think of gentle giants, sea cows, or even cuddly vegetarians (which is usually the case), but not always!
While on a recent bike ride, I decided to take a quick break at this little park along the Banana River in Cape Canaveral, FL. Partially to rest up a bit, and partially to see if the local Manatees were around. Per usual, I brought my camera along just in case they may be present, and present they were.
Right as I rolled up, I saw some hefty numbers, and hefty actions! It was like they were playing, or wrestling or something, then it dawned on me: It’s Manatee Mating Season!
There must have been 10 to 15 Manatees all in the mix, and I believe only one was a female… like Bald Eagles, it takes Manatees about 5 years to become sexually mature, and when they do, its go time. When a female Manatee becomes estrus, tons of male Manatees get wind of this and form a mating herd. At times, there are up to 15 males in the mix trying to pursue one female. It’s a pretty interesting, and wild sight to witness..
After about 20 minutes of watching this Manatee orgy go down, I started to feel uncomfortable, so I ended break time, and continued on with my ride.
Get outside and adventure!