Serene Sirens: USGS Sea Cow Science
A USGS video about manatees reveals that while the animals may act like the cows of the sea, they also have more than a bit of the magical siren or mermaid about them. Go for a serene swim.
Location Taken: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, FL, US
Writer and Camera: Nick Aumen
Special thanks to Dr. Bob Bonde, USGS and the dozens of volunteers who conduct annual manatee health assessments
"Music for Manatees" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed CC BY 3.0
USGS researchers conduct health check-ups for population research.
Taking photos to update a "Who's Who?" catalog of the manatee world.
There are many visible scars and cuts due to boat propellers.
This one has blue paint from the bottom of a boat.
Satellite tags are used with break-away tethers.
This manatee surfaces for a breath