|Meet Lucille. Word is she has just had a baby but we haven't seen it yet. |
Lucille lives in the marina and we see her sunning herself like she did yesterday.
She weighs somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds.
Sadly, Lucille bears the scars of many boat encounters, as do most manatees. They are difficult to see as they hover just below the surface, sticking their snout out occasionally to blow and breathe. If we see one, we make a radio announcement for other boats in our area. Since they move SLOWLY and are basically a huge cow in the water, they don't get out of your way, you must avoid them. The fines for feeding or watering manatees are significant!