I saw a Manatee

@cynthiann (18613)
Jamaica
December 17, 2008 4:16pm CST
I could not believe my eyes as Manatees are an endangered species world wide and haven't been seen in this part of the world for many, many years. I was driving along the coast back to work, and my DIL shouted for me to stop. I pulled over onto th soft shoulder and she was speechless but pointing to the sea. We rolled down the windows and there was a shoal of Manatees or sea cows. What a beautiful sight. These graceful huge creatures (about 10 feet long) have front flippers or hands with nails. They were grey and were lolling about in the water coming up for air about every minute. It was so unexpected and I felt tingling in my spine at the sight of them. I can understand why, being seen by persons on ships in the olden days, they thought that they were seeing mermaids. It was a wondeful moment. Have you ever seen a creature that is nearly extinct in the wild? Blessings
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@hildas (3031)
17 Dec 08
That really must of been a beautiful experience for yous both. I would love to see something like this. I have only seen these animals in photographs and they do look like mermaids. I saw a dolphin last year at Portrush on the North coast of Northern Ireland. It was very close to shore, swimming nearby. My daughter caught it on her camera phone. We do see them often here but I love it when I do.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
I have seen Dolphins where I live and they are also amazing. Their skins are as thin as tissue paper so you cannot wear rings if touching them. I would love to see them in the wild though - not tamed ones. Just because they are smiling doesn't mean that they are happy. Thank you for responding Hildas. glad your Christmas preparations are going well. Blessings
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
18 Dec 08
First of all, you should probably tell someone in authority at a school of oceanography about what you saw. They should know about this! Very exciting! My family and I were coming home from a trip to my parents and were getting off the expressway when I saw a dog bouncing and bounding up in the weeds. I turned the car around to look at him again. It was a coyote! I've never seen one in my life. They are very rare in my state and never seen this far south. I thought maybe I was wrong but later we heard that there were rumors of others seeing one recently too. My box for posting this is really goofed up and I'm hoping this comes out ok.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
It came out great. Thank you for responding rocket. I've only seen photographs of coyotes. Isn't it a good feeling? Blessings
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
18 Dec 08
I see coyotes quite frequently.. or at least I did in our old house in the country. They sound like screaming women at night when they are running around in their packs. It's very eerie!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
Actually, I didn't have to make a decision. someone had told to a TV station and news of the sightings came on tv tonight. I am just hoping that they will be left in peace I had read of people feeling a tingling in their spine and today I actually experienced the tingling. I really give thanks for seeing a wonderful sight of a rare species. Thank you for responding. Blessings
• United States
18 Dec 08
Oh Cynthiann; I am soooo jealous! That would be AWESOME to see!!! I think they are so cute...its so sad how many of them get injured from boater's and such but I love them, I love dolphins, whales, I'd love to see them too Hell I'd love to swim with them, now that would be a thrill of a lifetime yes?? too bad you didn't have a camera with you Darn!!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
I wish that i had a photograph too. Their eyes were amazing. I would love to swim with them too. They looked liked gentle giants. They moved slowly too so I could have kept up with them! Thank you for posting. Blessings
• United States
18 Dec 08
Oh I know, they really are gentle giants, and I'd fit right in with them (G)! I move slowly like them and even look like them except for the shape of their flippers/feet whatever you want to call them LOL! But they really are wonderful creatures !! To me when they "look at us" they just seem to be smiling like the dolphins do; Love them all!!
• India
19 Dec 08
splendid.. I must say you are lucky to see that..just imagine seeing some endangered species could be just a matter of luck..isn't it.. But I have never seen creatures like that..hope to see that someday..
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
19 Dec 08
I felt like I had received a wonderful unexpected gift. I'm still in awe of what I saw. Magnificent creatures. Thank you for responding. Blessings
@myskina (182)
• China
18 Dec 08
wow , so great , i know them , they eat grass , they are the only herbivorous marine mammals you know !? i have seen them in the discovery channel , they so beautiful , they eat a lot , they can eat sooo many water grass you know , abou 5%-10% of their own weight , and they can clean up the riverways , help people to solve the problems , very good , so like them , and they very lovely , we call them big stomach mermaid in China , my country , they eat a lot of water hyacinth here , so proud of them there are three kind of Manatees in the world you know !? West African manatees , South America ( Amazon manatees ) , and the North America manatees ( Caribbean , West Indian manatees ) , may you see the third , friend `` absolutely you saw a wild one `lol ` you so lucky , friend ! and last , you know , it is a class of the elephant , as the natural change to forced to live into the sea , i hope this information can hape you friend , very glad to see you here `` a secret , we also have the manatees , they live in my country , too , welcome to watch them , lol ```` welcome to China , friends , myloters ^_^
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
Thank you so muc for all the information that you gave. You are source of knowledge on the subject of manatees. I am asuming that I saw the West indian variety - but I don't know for sure. Welcome to Mylot I see that you are realtively new here. Blessings
@Humbug25 (12551)
18 Dec 08
Hi there cynthiann Wow how lovely. When I go back to my home time I spend a fair bit of time at the beach no matter the season and I long to see a school of sea lions or dolphins and always look out to see in the hope that I will. So far I have only seen the odd lonely seal but it is still worth watching as they frolic in the waves!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
I have seen seals in their natural habitat but only dolphins in captivity. Seeing any creature in the sea is just amazing. These manatees are hige about 10 feet long and so wide in girth. It was the flippers that mazed me - they really did look like hands. Thabnk yo for responding. Blessings
@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
18 Dec 08
it is nice to know that there are still some manatees exist on this world. i am not much familiar with these mammals. but it seems that they are just nice aimals like dolphins that we can get near with and not get ourselves in danger. i would be lucky too if i could such thing close enough.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
Yes, it was eally fantastic. I feel so privileged. Thank you for responding.Blessings
@May2008 (179)
• China
18 Dec 08
It is so luck to see such a lovely creature. I am a inlander, so I have not seen the sea yet, believe it or not. That is true. To go the sea side is one of my wishes. LOL... I can see them on TV or movies.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
I hope that you will get the opportunity to se creaturs in the wild and also to see the sea. Thank you for responding.
@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
18 Dec 08
It requires a great deal of luck I belive to see something so amazing and you must be the lucky one not to forget your daughterinlaw. Happy reading friend. Bodhi
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
Ah, my friend - it was an incredible experience. Thank you for responding. Blessings
@meirong (88)
• China
18 Dec 08
Yeah.You are lucky.I heard that mermaids often emerge in evening.When sailors who miss home see the manatee which is suckling her child,they remembered their mother and name it a beautiful name "mermaid".
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
I did not know this - thank you for telling me and for responding. Blessings
@Calais (10899)
• Australia
18 Dec 08
Wow, thats awesome, how lucky are you.....
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
Things like this do not normally happen to me - I was incredibly lucky - just wish that I had had a camera. Thank you for responding. Blessings
@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
18 Dec 08
Wow! I can see how just being able to see these creatures in the wild, considering they're endangered, would be awe inspiring, but I personally don't think they're very attractive animals, lol. But it is nice that there are some around, and that you were able to see them. I've never seen an endangered species in the wild, only at the zoo.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
No, you are right, they were not beautiful but they were awe inspiring and majestic. so huge and just rolling around in the sea. Thank God that they are all not yet extinct. Thank you for responding my friend. Blessings
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
18 Dec 08
No I can't say that I've seen a creature that is nearly extinct but wow that sure must have been a sight! I don't live near an ocean but I have been to a couple. Lucky you! Have a nice night
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
I cannot sleep - I'm usually asleep hours ago. I'm still so excited at seeing them. Thank you for responding. Blessings
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
18 Dec 08
Hi cynthiann! Wow! You are so lucky! They are such beautiful creatures! I would have loved to see one up close! That is so cool that you were just driving and they were just there! Did you get to take pictures or were you just caught so off guard? I'll bet that will be an experience that you will never forget! I wish that people in boats would be more careful of them so that they wouldn't keep hurting them! They are so near extinction! I have never been lucky enough to see a fine creature like that up close ever! But, I sure wish I did!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
Yes, Opal, it was incredible. Just by chance and know I did not have a camera with me. I wish that I had! They had nails on their fingers/flippers. The arms looked more like arms that flippers. Big huge eyes and whiskers coming from the mouth or nose area - not sure exactly. I wil never forget it though. Thank you for your posting. Blessings
• United States
20 Dec 08
How very exciting for you. I've never seen a creature that's nearly extinct, unless the blue bird is considered endangered. I think they might have been at one time, but are making a comeback. I'd love to see the Manatees make a comeback also.
@eshwarik (180)
• United States
19 Dec 08
wow......... Cool, I never saw one until today.