Sailors used to believe manatees were mermaids. 3,000 pound mermaids with very bad breath. But still cool in their own way.
I just got back from kayaking about Merritt Island with the manatees. I shared a kayak with my mother, who in her 70's is a great kayaker. My sister Kathleen and brother in law Tim shared another one, and we took the Manatee Encounter Tour. We saw at least a half dozen of the creatures, flipping and snorting about. Not to mention dolphins, sting rays, and sea birds.
Such an adventure, then off to Dixie Crossroads for fresh red rock shrimp. Yum!