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
Video Credits: 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