Florida Manatees

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Who doesn't love manatees?
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Longtime Florida residents still get excited when they see manatees--it's not all that common to spot one. Although they're a bit slow moving and very large, there just aren't that many of them. There's so much that people can do to help this struggling population--from slowing down while boating to taking steps to prevent water pollution. Seeing this picture might inspire us to make those simple changes. As a kid, I always adopted manatees through non-profit organizations and donated to their cause. "My" manatee was named Merlin. I think it's telling that we identify manatees by the boat engine scars on their skin.
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The eyes of this animal says it all.
Illinois,
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The poignancy of the plight of the gentlest of creatures being continually overwhelmed by the human presence yet persistently attempting to persevere.
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If I were looking at these photos in a gallery without captions, I would immediately separate this photo from the others. Unlike the others, it clearly shows an animal in disdain- the shallow waters, it's general demeanor, and what looks to almost be a frown on it's face. This photo sparks a feeling of helplessness and the ubiquitous question, what can I do about it?
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Manatees have been the sources of legends and myths for centuries before science finally gave them a name. So it's a sad irony that as humanity continues to encroach on marine life, manatees may become a myth - something that children three generations from now will only read about in a book, but will never get to see or understand exists in their own world. Manatees represent our chance - and their hope - to keep the myths of the marine world alive and to not relegate their existence to the past.
Bermuda
I think this beautiful photograph best represents "vanish" or to fade away. Although a large creature the manatee moves gracefully and slowly making it in our busy world today not necessarily the center of our attention. The reflection in the photo from land to sea to me represents the fragility of its disappearance.
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The "vanishing world" is a very sad and emotional subject that can really catch the attention of the public audience as they view this exhibit. The florida manatee in this picture gives a very emotional and saddening view of what is happening to their species. This will help draw attention to the fact that manatees are lovable creatures and deserve to be protected! Coral reefs are disappearing and so are some fish and crabs, but manatees are a very special gift to the earth as they are friendly and kind, so they should be respected since they are so frequently abused by us humans when we use boats, jet skiis and other fishing entanglements. It is a sad reality but one that can bring a positive change if exhibited.
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manatees are so gentle & cannot do anything to fight back against us....
Canada
I selected this image due because the manatee looks so sad! Perfect example of something we are doing effecting the natural world.
Florida,
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Manatees are so beautiful and they deserve to live. I live on the ocean and see them all the time. It would be a disaster to see them become extinct.
Washington,
United States
Manatees, because it best represents a direct correlation between humans effect upon life on earth.
Tennessee,
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Lovely creatures - abused by thoughtless people
North Carolina,
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A manatee
Florida,
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Being able to see manatees every day in our river, the Weeki Wachee, we are truly belssed to live here.
Manatees are awesome
Florida,
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Manatees are wonderful and peaceful creatures.
Tennessee,
United States
Manatees are beautiful, gentle creatures!!
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The manatee are a delight to see when swimming, kayaking, or enjoying the streams and waterways.
Connecticut,
United States
The photograph shows the sad face of a vanishing animal.

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