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New York, New York
September 27, 2003
From journal Chillin' like a Villain in Caye Caulker Belize
December 10, 2002
We wind our way through mangroves until we reach a particular bay where the boat stops and we watch carefully. Sure enough we see manatees, a mother and young one. Our glimpse is of the heads as they surface for air and of the body as they dive down. Carlos explains that the manatees or sea cows are mammals and some believe related to the elephant as they have 4 fingernails on the front fins. Contrary to what I thought, manatees eat the tender roots of sea grass, using their front fins and snout to uproot them. With no predators the sea cows are still few in numbers. As theses gentle giants surface, they suffer demise from the blades of boats hitting their backsides. This combined with the fact they have only one baby at birth, spend three years nursing, protecting them is a must.
On the return we stop a tiny island right next to the reef to eat lunch and spend some time snorkeling. Carlos leads the group snorkeling through some waves that get bigger as we near the reef. This concludes our water tour and we return to Caye Caulker.
From journal Rapture of the Deep Blue Hole