Belize Manatee Surfacing For Air!

29 Aug

Originally uploaded by kaimac.

One of the best experiences of my life: snorkeling around the reef a few miles from San Pedro, only to run into a group of five manatees. Absolutely stunning creatures. Four eyed us suspicously, then scarpered a little further away, but this fella (the oldest of the bunch) sized us up, reckoned we were no threat, and went back to the job at hand of resting (and occasionally coming up for air). A couple of minutes later one of the others came swimming back and nudged him, to warn him about us, but he really wasn’t bothered.

Definitely one of the best things I’ve ever done. Incredible to see such massive gentle creatures at such close quarters.

Here’s the second set of Belize shots, from which this one is taken. These are mostly taken underwater, on crappy disposable underwater cameras.


3 Responses to “Belize Manatee Surfacing For Air!”

  1. Siobhan Macmahon September 1, 2006 at 2:59 pm #

    Hello my dears

    Sounds like a truly magic trip.Heh you really got close up to those huge creatures,I’m scared just thinking about them.
    The big fella has clearly got the right idea he rests while others do ‘look out’.He’s no fool too , having sized you and Cat up and making the sensible decision that he was quite safe .
    Just trying out my new found Broadband skills and maybe just maybe you’ll get this message

  2. kaimac September 2, 2006 at 12:24 am #

    They’re big friendly vegetarians though. No danger to us at all… was more worries about stressing them out (stress is the #1 cause of death in manatees). They’re super sweet creatures, very slow moving most of the time, but they can move like lightening when they want to. It’s just that most of the time they don’t want to….

  3. roach September 13, 2006 at 5:45 pm #


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