Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dennis the Manatee

I let this story go yesterday, but I guess I have to plug it. It's about a manatee, named Dennis after the Cape Cod town where he's hanging out, farther north in the Atlantic than any manatee has gone before (to the best of our limited knowledge). Global warming? Booming population? You decide.

P.S. As a child, your humble greentangle blogger was known as Dennis and often visited this town which I thought was named after me.


Terry said...

That's cool. An elephant seal visited my hometown once, the Department of Conservation said no one was to harm it. It weighed 5000 lbs, so that sort of went without saying. I think it just broke some sea side playground equipment and left.

I was also able to visit with a dolphin that was hanging out in a bay where people had treated it when it was sick. I think it was old and injured and they'd treated it with antibiotics and food, it was well again when I saw it.

Anyway, it was great to paddle a small kayak out to meet it, although the fact that they're quite a bit bigger than small kayaks was a little disconcerting.

Cheers -Terry

greentangle said...

That's a mighty big seal. I haven't had any direct experience with marine mammals.

Quite a few whale watching trips, and even on those bigger boats I tend to think of the whales coming up in the same spot. Just watching a film of someone in a kayak or raft out among them is pretty cool.

Terry said...

A friend of mine was whale watching out of Vancouver, they collided with a whale, I don't think they were going too fast, so hopefully it wasn't badly hurt, hopefully barely hurt at all. The jolt threw my friend's grandmother off her feet, causing minor injury.

greentangle said...

I'm not sure if whale-watching rules are national or not, but the trips out of Boston had strict rules about speed once whales were spotted. I always took my trips through New England Aquarium because I thought they were the most responsible operator.

greentangle said...

Just read that Dennis died, either en route or just as he arrived. So you have to wonder, is it better for a manatee to die in the water or a truck?

I know I'd rather die outside with a pretty view than in a hospital with tubes in all my holes. And extra holes they made, for that matter.