Apollo Beach in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Do You See a Manatee?
If you hear a rushing noise like that of a snorkeler who’s blowing water out of his tube, be sure to scan the water’s surface for an odd-shaped ball that suddenly appears. Manatees are mammals and need to breathe air. When they come up to take a breath, you might get a glimpse of their snouts. Look for their nose flaps that open and close to keep water out of their lungs. When resting, the manatee may rise to the surface every 7 to 20 minutes to breathe.
On clear days you might see an oval-shaped object that looks like a large rock with barnacles appear and then disappear. You have just seen the back of a manatee as it was resting near the water’s surface.
Watching carefully, you might see a small, gray, paddle-shaped object that waves in the air and splashes. That is the manatee’s flipper. It uses its flippers to steer and to hold vegetation as it eats. The bumps near the end of the paddle are actually fingernails left over from when the creature lived on the land millions of year ago.
Look for a vary large fan-shaped paddle that might wave back and forth before it slips back into the water. This is the manatee’s tail, which propels it through the water.
As the manatee submerges underneath, the water, it makes a series of half-moon swirls on the water’s surface.
Water Management District
Alafia River Basin Board
Hillsborough River Basin Board
Location. 27° 47.375′ N, 82° 24.136′ W. Marker is in Apollo Beach, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Dickman Rd. Touch for map. Marker is located inside the park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6690 Dickman RD, Apollo Beach FL 33572, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Listen carefully to hear a manatee! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Storm Water and the Estuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Manatee Scar Identification (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly (approx. 0.2 miles away); What Role Do Mangroves Play In An Estuary? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Long-Legged Wading Birds Stalk the Shallows (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Butterfly’s Habitat (approx. ¼ mile away); De Soto Trail (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Apollo Beach.
Categories. • Animals • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on August 3, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.