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Hope Town’s resident manatee is hanging around the Lighthouse Marina dock, by the lighthouse.

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We took the dinghy over to visit the Lighthouse gift shop – a great place for holiday presents.  And there was a manatee.

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He or she was grazing on the bottom – they’re plant-eaters.  The only completely herbivorous marine mammal in the world, it eats only aquatic plants. 

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Manatees spend 6-7 hours per day feeding and the rest sleeping or resting.  This one came up for air every about every minute or so, although they can stay submerged for 20 minutes.

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They open their nostrils to breathe, then close them when they submerge. 

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Algae grows on a manatee’s leathery skin, creating a feast for hungry fish. 

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The manatee hung around the docks for a while . . .

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and then drifted out towards the harbor entrance – they are slow movers.

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We watched its leisurely progress in the distance.  Then, to our surprise, the manatee found its mate, they touched tenderly.

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Wow.  Who knew?  Not lonely after all.

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