We found the West Indian manatee in an area where warm water flows from the power plant in Ft. Myers, Florida. About noon, the manatees started to head out into the waters of the ocean. We were able to watch as they gracefully flowed to the top of the water for a breath of air. Once the waters reach above 68 degrees... the manatees will remain in the Gulf until cooler temperatures of fall and winter seasons return.
Powerboats are one of the main causes of death to the manatee. We saw many that had deep scares, parts of their tail and flippers cut off from propellers.
If manatees loose their fear of humans, this too can become deadly. If they become use to being feed, or given fresh water, they may approach people that will hurt or cause harm to them. When you see a manatee in the wild, it is best just to sit and watch them.