Advice from a Manatee at Flagler Beach

By: Lauren Tjaden

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Manatees are giant blimps, eight to 13 feet long at maturity, weighing 440 to 1300 pounds. These mammals are gentle, curious and endangered. Never mind very cute.

They are sometimes called ‘sea cows,’ an apt description for their languid temperaments and their habit of grazing voraciously on water grasses, weeds, and algae.  Born underwater, these creatures can live to be 60 years old or more in the wild.

And it turns out they have lessons to teach us all.

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach and Ocean Publishing have partnered to present a lecture on the natural history of the West Indian manatee and what we can learn from their way of life. Advice from a Manatee will be held at Ocean Books & Art, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136, Sept. 12, 2013, 6 - 7 p.m.

Remember, as unknown sage quoted, “We're animals. We're born like every other mammal and we live our whole lives around disguised animal thoughts.”

Who knows what you can learn from a manatee?

Contact Jennifer Giblin at 386- 517-2086 or via email at Jennifer.Giblin@dep.state.fl.us for questions and information. The activity is free. Regular park entrance fees to Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area apply.

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