Originally Posted by gregory
Nice vacation thread! Thanks for all the neat pics
especially of the kayak and manatees. Your kayak affords you a nice vantage point for taking pics of the gentle giants through such clear water.
Co-incidentally, did you read (or hear) the news report just the other day about a person who swam/rode on a manatee and got in a bunch of trouble? Manatees are justifiably protected because they are an endangered species. Apparently that person just plain didn't know any better and faces a huge fine and possible jail time.
"Tread lightly upon this earth."
That actually happened at Fort DeSoto, our first camping location of this trip. The kayak rental location required us to watch a video before going out. At this location you are permitted to pet them if they come up to you. There is a park ranger on a paddle board to make sure everyone is following the rules. He told us if people are bothering them they just swim out. He said there were a lot of manatees that day so everyone was following the rules. :-) The kayak was the perfect height to sit and see them.