Manatee season about to start in Florida

by Villa Bel Air

Manatee season about to start in Florida


The manatee season is about to begin in Southwest Florida. When the subtropical summer is drawing to a close, the gentle giants show up in the channels of Cape Coral. Is there anything more beautiful, than cruising on the water with family or friends in sunny Florida and enjoying life?
At the end of the floridian summer, our gentle giants are coming back to town. Waters of the Gulf of Mexico are cooling down and during winter, Manatees are living in the beautiful and warm channels of Cape Coral. Presently, a lot of animals are staying just outside our town in the waters between the islands. Lots of them with babies, preparing the winter.

Manatees have a mean mass of 400 to 550 kilograms (880 to 1,200 lb), and mean length of 2.8 to 3 metres (9.2 to 9.8 ft), with maximums of 3.6 metres (12 ft) and 1,775 kilograms (3,910 lb) seen (the females tend to be larger and heavier). When born, baby manatees have an average mass of 30 kilograms (66 lb). They have a large flexible prehensile upper lip that acts in many ways like a shortened trunk, somewhat similar to an elephant’s. They use the lip to gather food and eat, as well as using it for social interactions and communications. Their small, widely-spaced eyes have eyelids that close in a circular manner.

Their slow-moving, curious nature, coupled with dense coastal development, has led to many violent collisions with propellers from fast moving recreational motor boats, leading frequently to maiming, disfigurement, and even death. As a result, a large proportion of manatees exhibit propeller scars on their backs. They are now even identified by humans based on their scar patterns. Some are concerned that the current situation is inhumane, with upwards of 50 scars and disfigurements from boat strikes on a single manatee. Often the cuts lead to infections, which can prove fatal. Internal injuries stemming from hull impacts have also been fatal.

Manatees hear on a higher frequency than what would be expected for such large marine mammals. Many large boats emit very low frequencies which confuse the manatee and explain their lack of awareness around boats. National Geographic has done experiments proving that when a boat has a higher frequency the manatees rapidly swim away from danger.

So, please be always aware of these facts and keep the speed limits. Enjoy all the creatures as dolphins, stingrays, manatees, turtles in their natural environment. Enjoy the natural marine wildlife with the fantastic boat “Lady B.” during your dream vacation in lovely Villa “Bel Air”.

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