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u/BaronVonWazoo 2d ago

They kind of look like sweet potatoes.

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u/Last_Impression_5836 2d ago

Sweetest potatoes in the sea

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u/quippers 2d ago

Seatatoes

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u/HighwayNovel 2d ago

Yamatees.

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u/turtleshirt 2d ago

Yamatees yamatoes

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u/Crenchlowe 2d ago

Yo mamma's Yamatees Yamatoes!

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u/attn_ltit_titt_siaa 2d ago

Yodas Mammas Yotato-eating Swampatees

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u/bfury_01 2d ago

Yamatees, Senpai

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u/sapjastuff 2d ago

I love this

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u/WokeRedditDude 2d ago

Sea-tay-toes.

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u/Castun 2d ago

Boil'em, mash'em, stick 'em in a stew?

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u/kateuptonsvibrator 2d ago

That's what they call mermaid tits in Atlantis.

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u/AlienPantryVacuum 2d ago

Slap a pat of butter on them and call them CHONKY

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u/CthulubeFlavorcube 2d ago

That's why sailors saw them as mermaids. All about dat booty. That thicc starchy-sweet sea booty.

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u/Beginning_Draft9092 2d ago

Good god standards were low in the 15th century

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u/MangoCats 2d ago

6 months on a small boat with 100 men, no water for bathing... yep, standards don't go much lower than that.

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u/Subdiver 2d ago

Ever been to Bremerton?

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u/Slimkellar 2d ago

lololololol

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u/baconperogies 2d ago

You are what you eat

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u/shawarma_law 2d ago

So it's cannibalism.

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u/TheCrookedKnight 2d ago

That's if you eat what you are

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u/cant_see_me_now 2d ago

River* although we have some that go out into the ocean and brackish water, they have to have a source of fresh water.

I've never seen anyone on any boat deny a manatee begging for fresh water though. The only boaters that hate them are the guys who want to fly down st John's and hate the manatee zones.

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u/daddakamabb1 2d ago

Wait what? Do they come up to the boat and ask for a smartwater or something?

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u/cant_see_me_now 2d ago

Lol, they usually listen for someone washing a boat, swim over and open their mouth for you to spray it in. If they're really thirsty they just go up to anyone and open their mouth. Pretty much anyone will find a freshwater hose for a manatee.

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u/daddakamabb1 2d ago

Okay that's adorable. Still sounds like on the verge of the illegal feeding of manatees but how could you deny that bristly face.

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u/cant_see_me_now 2d ago

I know. It is illegal, but literally everyone does it(not that it makes it ok). And brushing their backs and bellies with the boat brush. They really are just big puppies. Not even dogs, they're puppies.

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u/MangoCats 2d ago

Oh, that's not the verge, it's strictly illegal - and almost never enforced... somewhat like the classic blue laws.

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u/texican1911 2d ago

I still can't buy liquor on Sunday, they enforce that one...

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u/jnics10 2d ago

Have you tried being as adorable as a manatee?

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u/texican1911 2d ago

I was born that way

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u/cant_see_me_now 2d ago edited 2d ago

I bet the couple in the photo got in a little trouble. It's one thing to give them fresh water when we've put locks in where they used to go from fresh to salt water. The couple in the photo are feeding them something that is not a part of their natural diet... And I've seen a lot of big manatees but none as round as the ones in this picture.

E* i noticed the fence under the bridge in the background and the fact these girls are HUGE to not have any propeller scars. Maybe this is some kind of farm? I sure hope not.

E2* a lot of people are saying it's a sanctuary. Maybe the two closest to the camera have a thyroid problem.

E3*I'm basically using all of your guesses to decide where to take my son this weekend.

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u/MangoCats 2d ago

It's a real grey area at the moment... the wild ones are starving to death in large numbers.

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u/cant_see_me_now 2d ago

What I hadn't heard that?!

Although these do seem to be at some kind of farm..or something(?).

It looks like a fence under the bridge in the background. And those girls are absolutely HUGE to not have any prop marks on any of them.

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u/Nochairsatwork 2d ago

I agree that this is problematic and I'm strictly against feeding wildlife. (Especially bread. Why do people think ducks need bread??!) But have you seen that the manatees are literally dying off en masse this year because there is no grass for them to eat?

Humans have fucked up their ecosystem so much that their prairies are now desert and they have no food so they're starving & dying. It's fucked.

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u/mc_thunderfart 2d ago

Is this cannibalism? Do we know where manatees come from? Are we feeding them their unborn?

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u/EDCpocketsand 2d ago

Pop a potato in your mouth,

When you come to Squishy rows,

What they're made of is a mystery,

Where they come from, no one knows.

You can pick 'em, you can lick 'em,

You can chew 'em, you can stick 'em,

And if you promise not to sue us,

You can shove one up your nose.

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u/JessTheTwilek 2d ago edited 2d ago

Stop eating Sea Potatoes! Stop eating them with honey mustard sauce! Stop eating them with tangy sweet-and-sour sauce! Stop eating the new fiesta sea cow salad! Stop taking advantage of the money-saving twelve pack! Stop enjoying Sea Potatoes on the patio, in the car, or on the boat: Wherever good times are had!

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u/fatalcorn7367 2d ago

If I had an award I’d give it to you but I don’t so here is a cookie 🍪

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u/Kaetrik 2d ago

Sweet potatoes eating sweet potatoes

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u/Funkit 2d ago

They sure yam!

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u/Lazer726 2d ago

When my wife and I went to swim with some manatees in Florida, they joked that we needed to be careful, these could be dangerous. And then about five seconds later, said that they were actually just really sweet, giant sweet potatoes.

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u/farahad 2d ago

It's manibalism!

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u/Real_Nemesis 2d ago

“You are what you eat”

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u/TriDave1200 2d ago

You are what you eat.

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u/trashhole9 2d ago

They kind of look like they've had enough sweet potatoes.

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u/marleyinoc 2d ago

I really did read it "man eating sweet potatoes" and thought that was the joke for a sec.

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u/Quantum-legality 2d ago

The glamorous life of the swamp rancher. Glorious!

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u/m0rris0n_hotel 2d ago

And you get appreciative recipients of your labor. I doubt them big boyes are going to turn down a free meal

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u/boister1 2d ago

dem are the fattest water bois . . . perhaps ever

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u/highestRUSSIAN 2d ago

He go z o o m

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u/StonkScholar420 2d ago

Basically me feasting on Grandma's cooking.

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u/The6thExtinction 2d ago

Wait 'til you see how they milk 'em!

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u/GarageSaleDildo 2d ago

I have nipples, can you milk me?

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u/LechtenbergB 2d ago

Don't you threaten me with a good time.

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u/ExTelite 2d ago

Well it ain't much, but it's honest work

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u/CollectableRat 2d ago

Some say wild manatee tastes better, but these hand fed manatee taste just as good imo. My grandma would cook with manatee all the time and used to buy wild only, but switched to hand fed and she claimed it tasted a bit better in her soups.

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u/cant_see_me_now 2d ago

Lol, I think people think you're serious.

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u/DangerousDave303 2d ago

They taste a bit like a cross between baby seal and blue whale.

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u/PigCopsFatTits 2d ago

Personally I think it's closer to human baby. The meat flakes similarly and there are hints of pork and beef.

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u/The_Original_Gronkie 2d ago

I love manatees. They taste like eagle.

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u/mightydanbearpig 2d ago

Juicy like a Galapagos Tortoise

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u/whitemtnmk_3 2d ago

Yamatees

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u/zombies-and-coffee 2d ago

Now I wish I had the artistic talent to actually draw this :(

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u/ac1084 2d ago

I have no artistic talent but I dont think a yam with whiskers is too tall of an order.

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u/NIRO327 2d ago

Me and my brothers after a weekend at grandma’s house.

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u/Competitive_Sky8182 2d ago

My grandma used to bake specially great sweet potatoes in lent. I miss her

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u/mikeslover 2d ago

Which one is named Barbara?

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u/eiggaMAD 2d ago

The lady with the grey hair

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u/HRGLSS 2d ago

Not nice to call her a sea cow, Bro. Barbara is one of the manatees. Now if only we knew which one... If I were a cucumber, I'd know!

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u/mikeslover 2d ago

Exactly

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u/sunflowerstorm 2d ago

You are the one for meeeeeeee 🎶🎶

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u/Kuraipasta 2d ago

Sent from up above!

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u/CartmensDryBallz 2d ago edited 2d ago

Youuuuu are the one I love the one I love

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u/giailh 2d ago

You are the one I love!!

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u/Radagastth3gr33n 2d ago

...uhhh, Larry, what are you doing?

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u/TheSurgicalOne 2d ago

Just… Watching a little TV Bob 😬

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u/jessbird 2d ago

wow veggietales in the wild

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u/galactojack 2d ago

Is this frowned upon by regular people? We see them sometimes in FL gliding around, would love to give these lovable blobs a snack

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u/Egglorr 2d ago edited 2d ago

Manatees are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978. It is illegal to feed, harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, annoy, or molest manatees.

The state of Florida has also established regulatory speed zones to protect the manatee and its habitat. The zones are located where manatees live or travel regularly or seasonally.

Anyone convicted of violating state law faces maximum fines of $500 and/or imprisonment of up to 60 days. Conviction for violating federal protection laws is punishable by fines up to $100,000 and/or one year in prison.

TL;DR - Yes, it's illegal. Don't mess with manatees.

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u/sryii 2d ago

Just so everyone is aware, these manatees are captive in the park as they are not able to survive in the wild. So they actually must be fed or they will die. There is no harm no foul here. From the park website:

Unable to survive in the wild for various reasons, the park’s captive wildlife are ambassadors for their species, promoting conservation through education.

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u/PlantPowerPhysicist 2d ago

TIL if you're the kind of person manatees find annoying, you are legally obligated to stay off their turf

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u/Picard_Indeed 2d ago

TIL people molest manatees.

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u/EdgarAllanKenpo 2d ago

My sisters ex husbands best friend jumped on a manatee at the pier, because he was smashed. Cops were called, he got a molesting a manatee charge on his record.

Don’t molest the manatees. They are good boys.

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u/lilykar111 2d ago

Poor Manatee, hope it was ok

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u/Jemmani22 2d ago

They are giant hunks of meat and fat with thick skin. More than likely unharmed. At least I hope

Doesn't take away from how douchey it is

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u/reddit_user13 2d ago

I hope he kissed them first.

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u/nonpossumus 2d ago

Is he on a registry?

Does he have to go door-to-door and tell everyone when he moves into a neighborhood?

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u/firelock_ny 2d ago

Build a dozen boats. Do they remember you as John the Boatbuilder? No!
Brew the best beer in town for years. Do they remember you as John the Brewer? No!
But you molest one manatee...

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u/healzsham 2d ago

Molest has a lot more of a sexual harassment connotation nowadays, but the law was presumably written when the definition was "pester or harass (someone) in an aggressive or persistent manner."

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u/QuestionableNotion 2d ago

I once used the word in a meeting, in the original context. "Sure, I could get that done if I could remain unmolested for ten minutes at a time, but seeing as I can't get time to focus on it right now, it might be a while."

I had no idea that the word was used mainly in a sexual harassment connotation. I know that was one possible use, but only one of many.

Everyone looked at me like I was crazy.

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u/db0255 2d ago

Molestar is “to bother” in Spanish.

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u/sryii 2d ago

The problem with small vocabularies. People can't separate words into different use cases.

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u/WhiskeyTigerFoxtrot 2d ago

I'd be so embarrassed if I had to explain to my family that I'm going to jail for feeding sweet potatoes to manatees.

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u/Egglorr 2d ago

That would definitely suck, but think of how much worse it would be having to explain during a job interview that you were incarcerated in federal prison for "molesting" a manatee.

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u/LatchedNipple 2d ago

"Kid, whad'ya get?" I said, "I didn't get nothing, I had to pay $50 and pick up the sweet potatoes." He said, "What were you arrested for, kid?" And I said, "Feeding manatees." And they all moved away from me on the bench There, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I Said, "And molesting." And they all came back, shook my hand, And we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing, Father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the Bench.

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u/LowMikeGuy 2d ago

Went to Florida on vacation and got a room at Marina del Mar resort overlooking an inlet.

Apparently manatees are attracted to the hot water let out by the hotels into the marina and that was the first time I ever saw one. Calm clear water potatoes just frolickin; It was magical.

Not two minutes into the experience the loudest most obnoxious stupid looking speed boat decided it was time to accost the sea. Hell if that place didn't echo violently with the sound of thunder and the smell of gasoline. Fuckin nightmare. Dude grinning behind the wheel like the 5 year old as the manatees swam for thier lives.

For 3 days I stayed there, and never saw another manatee. What's a rule if there's no one around to enforce it. If I were smarter I would've gotten a video and let reddit do it's thing, but the trauma of that boat sent me into mental spins.

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u/-Golvan- 2d ago

Man that sucks

I've read that many manatees have scars on their back because of boat propellers

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u/LowMikeGuy 2d ago

On the west coast of the united states' there was once a species of sirenia (manatee family) called a Stellars sea cow that went extinct from the abuses of a burgeoning species of mammal trying to make it's way in the natural world. It was a resource. But now that same species of mammal is running over what little diversity remains in the name of a good time.

It really does suck. Here's this wizarding world of Harry Potter-esq creature being fouled by an animal who's mastered the natural world. What advantage is that without the capacity to reciprocate?

It would make for a great video to deploy dummy Manatees made of concrete into known place where manatees are ran over and see who swerves to hit them.

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u/JudgeGusBus 2d ago

I live in south Florida, and yes, a lot of them have these scars.

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u/MustacheEmperor 2d ago

Went to Florida

Well that's your first mistake

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u/hkfskhsfuhkefshkf 2d ago

baww, everything I want to do is either dangerous, bad for me, or illegal.

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u/The_Original_Gronkie 2d ago edited 2d ago

They are starving this year due to an increase decrease in their natural food sources, and the population is way down. If I had a canal or inlet in my backyard, I'd probably dispose of any excess sweet potatoes or lettuce heads by surrepticiously tossing them in the water.

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u/Photomama16 2d ago

Truth! Saw a couple get busted feeding them lettuce in the wild. 😬 Wildlife officers don’t mess around.

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u/Proglamer 2d ago

, or molest manatees

Man, I really hope they're using the obsolete meaning of that word 😬

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u/devatoscar 2d ago

People will fuck anything, bro

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u/healzsham 2d ago

Most likely, since even Christopher "discovered syphilis" Columbus thought manatees were ugly.

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u/Acrobatic-Compote-29 2d ago

wait, so what am I seeing in this picture, like a little sancuatry or something?

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u/NorthernSparrow 2d ago

Pretty sure these are the captive manatees - all injured, orphaned or otherwise unreleasable - that are housed in semi-natural lagoons at Homosassa Springs State Park in Florida. Since they are captive they are fed 3x daily. The park has all the necessary permits.

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u/ghettobx 2d ago

Homosassa Springs… it’s got a nice ring to it

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u/CLXIX 2d ago

its near Chassowitzka and withlacoochie north of weeki wacci but still south of Ichetucknee river,

these are all real names

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u/firelock_ny 2d ago

Weeki Wachee had a cool mermaid show when I was last there. It's a surviving part of what some people call "Old Florida", the tourist attractions that were there before Disney World.

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u/Ray_adverb12 2d ago

Thanks for the info! It looks like a sanctuary of some kind.

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u/pluckymonkeymoo 2d ago

See if you can find a rescue centre near you either injured or orphaned manatees. You can visit or volunteer and feed them there.

The biggest threat to manatees in FL are speeding boats. You may find a place that rescues the injured animals.

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u/DingoWelsch 2d ago

This was taken at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, so not illegal. But generally yes, it is illegal to feed them.

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u/Buggybruce2020 2d ago

How do you get the opportunity to feed them sweet potatoes though asking for a friend?

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u/electrodevo 2d ago

Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park is a rehabilitation center; I imagine these feedings are being done by volunteers at the park. You can watch the feedings when they occur, of course.

If you want to get up close with manatees, nearby Crystal River has several outfitters that offer snorkeling tours where you can "swim with manatees". (Behavior wise there's certain dos and don'ts and regulations that you need to follow while doing this, so I definitely would recommend a guided tour if this is of any interest.)

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u/nineteen_eightyfour 2d ago

Honestly just go to three sisters in a kayak or even swim there and you’ll see many in my experience

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u/chewymilk02 2d ago

Super illegal

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u/bemorecreativetrolls 2d ago

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u/SnuggleMuffin42 2d ago

HOW

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u/bemorecreativetrolls 2d ago

Can you imagine how much sea grass they have to eat to maintain those curves?

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u/klawehtgod 2d ago

Making them reliant on humans to feed them is a bad solution. A good solution is to stop destroying their habitat.

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u/brycebgood 2d ago

If this is in the US, yeah, super illegal. You're not supposed to interact with them in any way.

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u/biggirlannie 2d ago

But aren’t the starving to death right now?

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u/obviouslyathrohawaii 2d ago

Yup. Red tide is suffocating the sea grass they usually eat so they have much less food. Yes, it’s illegal, but I support people feeding them healthy food because I don’t want them to disappear.

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u/octoprickle 2d ago

Some people volunteer to feed manatees sweet potatoes? My life sucks. I want out. I want a manatee. I want to be a manatee in fact. I think I'm half way there.

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u/fikis 2d ago

This probably won't make you feel any better, but I visited a family this weekend where one of their kids had bottle-raised a flying squirrel and it was hanging out in his pocket, chilling the whole afternoon.

It would climb out and run up and around on his shirt, eat a peanut, then climb back in his shorts pocket.

Anyhow.

I'm not big on keeping wild animals as pets but this squirrel looked pretty happy.

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u/Caul__Shivers 2d ago

I have two goats that are kinda like pets. When ever we have people over hanging out in the yard and stuff they always come chill and sometimes even give us a show. They'll go chasing after each other and then square off. After a bit of this they get tired and just lay down for a bit, then come beg for food.

Stupid ninny's, they're so cute.

The flying squirrel deal sounds so much cooler. Like a pet monkey but tinier and cuter.

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u/SarkyCat 2d ago

I'll happily feed you sweet potatoes if you become a manatee!

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u/krs1426 2d ago

You are what you eat!

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u/Excellencyqq 2d ago

So I am Doritos.

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u/Reddit-username_here 2d ago

Nah, you're a pu... Never mind.

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u/ladive 2d ago

no wonder i'm such a piece of shit

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u/crabwithafiddle 2d ago

No wonder people call me a dick... Oh wait

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u/eiggaMAD 2d ago

Its actually the shape of a potato and this is 100% proof the universe can only shake out a certain number of shapes.

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u/cohengabrieln 2d ago

You heard it here first, folks: strings vibrate in the shape of a sweet potato.

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u/marleyinoc 2d ago

Or you are what you eat really is true.

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u/Zeniant 2d ago

I think they’ve had enough

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u/jagua_haku 2d ago

They’re American manatees, 42% are obese

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u/imjustlurkinghere244 2d ago

Looking like sweet potatoes!

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u/Sidrufus 2d ago

Sweet potatoes eating sweet potatoes. Uh oh.

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u/idkwhatimbrewin 2d ago

Those are some CHONKERS

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u/Dustin_00 2d ago

I've wondered this for a long, long time and now I've finally looked it up:

So it is almost impossible for alligators to clamp onto the hides of manatees and rip anything loose except maybe the tail. Manatees also flex their thick hides when alarmed, making themselves more impervious to puncture.

Alligators aren't a threat to manatees larger than a calf, the FWC said. Attacks on manatees by gators are extremely rare, and manatees' large size and swimming ability (they're speedy in the water) make it difficult for alligators to pose a significant threat, according to the FWC.

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u/Spottedrhyno 2d ago edited 2d ago

Oh the humanatee

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u/StarryStareyNight13 2d ago

Oh the huge manatee!

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u/De5perad0 2d ago

Floating potatoes eat their own.

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u/Responsible-Syrup731 2d ago

I’ve been a tour guide of manatees before and the ones we saw on a daily basis were not this big. These manatees are huge

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u/ChallengeAcceptedBro 2d ago

I’m waaay to late to the party but I wanna share my Manatee molestation story…

I grew up in Central Florida, two miles from Blue Springs which is known for being a massive stop for manatees on their migration.

Well one year we were swimming close to the boil, with about ten other people and a manatee came swimming in. Ten grown ass people turned into three year old little girls, squealing in delight at this majestic animal swimming mere feet from us.

As I’m sitting on a rock watching the manatee his casually comes towards me and gently headbutts me, then rubs against me while turning over slightly. Now look, when my doggo does this, he wants those sweet sweet pets right?? So I do, and me and the manatee are having the time of our lives until…

“DONT MOLEST THE MANATEE!!!!” comes from the path atop the boil. A park ranger is literally spitting yelling at me. I promptly responded with “HE MOLESTED ME FIRST, ITS CONSENSUAL!!”.

So that’s the story of how I got kicked out of Blue Springs for a day.

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u/BoxyBoy67 2d ago

cannibalism

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u/ineedhelpPLEASEDUDE 2d ago

they look like elders of the russet potato society eating the young of the sweet potato society to establish russet potato supremacy.

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u/Jessica_Messica_ 2d ago

They look like russet potatoes

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u/TheREALRossman 2d ago

These things are so protected I'm not even sure it's legal for you to feed them.

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u/Rupertfitz 2d ago

People have fucked their habitat up so badly they are literally starving to death and dying off in huge numbers from starvation it’s an appropriate time to ignore to the signs that say not to feed them as the government has ignored the signs of environmental collapse at their own hands.

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u/aquacarrot 2d ago

There is a big difference between dropping some vegetables in the water and hand feeding the manatees. Now the animals associate humans with food and will seek them out which puts them into dangerous situations.

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u/Rupertfitz 2d ago

It’s safer for them to remain in the canals with the humans at this point. Take a trip to Crystal River and look, they have dredged up all their food. The tides out by the gulf are toxic and our politicians are too busy trying to find a scapegoat to find a solution. People are leaving them food but they tend to come up to where the food is and stay. Because there is none elsewhere. They wanted pretty beaches & tourism and more cruise ships and money & they got them. But with the corpses of sea life on the shores. None of that money is going into fixing their natural food sources. So they are going to be there where the food is. In the canals where humans are. The only places left where humans AREN’T is out in the ocean. (Then we have ships everywhere) Edit- I got off point. They are like dogs they are going to come up when you feed them unfortunately & they are used to humans already cause we infiltrated their turf.

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u/ResponsibilityKey659 2d ago

Florida is a big swamp and shouldn't have been colonized

actually true for most of the US but especially so for Florida

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u/Keanugrieves16 2d ago

Yea there’s such a weird Florida thing where there is a group of people trying to protect the wildlife there and then there’s a large group of people that want less regulation and allow companies to dump shit into the rivers that end up in the gulf.

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u/Rupertfitz 2d ago

One of the crazy things about manatees in that a small group of people have worked to save them. By trying to provide areas of safety. Which is done by feeding them to keep them from all the disaster inflicted by humans. But then they get in trouble for it. It’s almost like we don’t have one single environmentalist or marine biologist on the states payroll. If so they are being paid to keep their mouth shut. Manatees are curious and they will come up to you regardless if you have food, most of the times I’ve went snorkeling they come and swim along side of me. So they blame people who feed them and swim with them for them starving to death as they dredge all the vegetation out the rivers and bays to make them look pretty. It’s just a constant stream of lies to cover up the destruction they want you to vote for. Florida makes me sad because it was a really beautiful place & it’s a point now where you can literally see it dying before your eyes.

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u/wandahickey 2d ago

There was a huge spill into Tampa Bay from Piney Point, an old phosphate processing plant that is being blamed on the current red tide and seagrass kill off. An old retention pond was going to fail and flood the surrounding homes so they diverted the toxic water into the gulf. This was a disaster waiting to happen for years and FL did nothing to make the owners secure the site.

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u/SavingStupid 2d ago

"I don't care if marine biologists say you shouldn't feed manatees food that isn't normally part of their diet, the government isn't doing it so we need to take matters into our own hands!"

peels zucchini

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u/Friendly_Beach_9164 2d ago

It's not legal for us to feed them, but these are either captive or rehab manatees at Homosassa Springs

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u/cig107 2d ago

They are so fuckin fat lol

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u/Creaturemaster1 2d ago

They aren't fat, they are thicc

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u/Mpittkin 2d ago

When I was about 6 years old we lived on the river in Florida outside of Ft. Lauderdale. We took our little boat to a lagoon where the manatees liked to hang out, and were feeding them lettuce. I reached out a little too far trying to hand-feed them and toppled over the side of the boat. I remember thinking this is it, I’m going to be eaten by manatees. Luckily, those manatees were vegan, so I survived. But it was a hell of a scare for a little kid!

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u/Acrobatic-Compote-29 2d ago

seeing this picture actually makes me sad because it reminds me of what just happened in tampa bay with all that red tide, I cant imagine how many manatee just died

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u/etherealcaitiff 2d ago

Well don't be too sad because Manatees live in fresh or brackish water, but red tide primarily affects salt water.

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u/firelock_ny 2d ago

They live in fresh or brackish water but venture out into coastal ocean waters to feed, mainly on ocean sea grass.

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u/Sidrufus 2d ago

Potatoes gunna potato. ?

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u/only_crank 2d ago

I didn‘t read the title and thought they were stones at first

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u/kmccamp16 2d ago

Big potatoes eating smaller potatoes

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u/na_p2017 2d ago

This feels very studio ghibli

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u/IsionYadav 2d ago

Those are some heckin chonky bois

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u/song4this 2d ago

Are some of these particularly well-fed?

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u/AshD_2019 2d ago

Chonk units

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u/Rock_Robot_Rock 2d ago

They look like they've had enough TBH.

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u/MichaelScarnnLOL 2d ago

Ate so many potatoes they turned into them

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u/FoxCharacter822 2d ago

old fat manatees fed by old couple under old mans beard. it’s like a magical scene in a kids movie.

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u/Energy_Turtle 2d ago

Makes me sad I'm at home in front of my work computer frying my eyes with artificial light and solving problems that have no natural reason to exist.

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u/energetic-dad 2d ago

All I see is sweet potatoes eating sweet potatoes

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u/flyerflew 2d ago

Sea moo moos need their muumuus

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u/El_bor 2d ago

And these are supposed to be animals ?

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u/smhgang 2d ago

canibalism

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u/Gombajuice 2d ago

Sweet potatoes eating sweet potatoes

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u/harrisongrimes 2d ago

Sweet potatoes eating sweet potatoes. Serendipitous

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u/ChemicallyCastrated 2d ago

The red tide in FL is killing a record number of manatees (and everything else) right now. It's caused by humans. There's a company that keeps releasing fertilizer and nitrogen into the ocean and lagoons. Gov DeSantis won't call a state of emergency to fix it. Protest that shit. Save the manatees.