Posted by: livingaboardspellbound | October 6, 2012

Who doesn’t love manatees and dolphins?

One thing I really love about living on the water is that there is an abundance of wildlife to enjoy. I was amazed when we moved here to the marina that I would get to watch manatees, fish,  ducks, dolphins, and birds of all kinds right from the cockpit of my home. Today, while folding laundry, I watched the manatees frolic in the shallows and was mezmerized by the sight. I thought to myself how lucky I was to have this opportunity to see these animals up close and personal when so many people only get glimpses in zoos amusement parks.

Each day I have a family of ducks that visit for their daily allotment of bread. Momma and her 3 babies come and we have either breakfast or dinner together and enjoy some ducky conversation. While the ducks are happily eating the bread, the catfish below like to come up and “goose” the ducks and give them a scare. Very comical to watch!

The ducks are the only ones I feed for a few reasons. First and foremost, there are state laws in place that state you can’ t feed/molest dolphins or manatees. These laws are designed to protect these beautiful creatures from us would be do-gooders. Feeding these animals can lead to a loss of the will to hunt because it is easier to beg from boat to boat which can lead to weight loss, illness, or even death. So I will continue to watch from the cockpit of the boat and enjoy their antics and beauty.

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