He journeyed across land and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Crocheted by loving hands, he was imbued with a type of life-force that exuded compassion and kindness. I named him “Blue”…
To celebrate the new highest-ever manatee count released today, January 15, 2016, of 1,042 manatees in the Kings Bay, Crystal River and Homosassa Springs areas, here’s a story about this adventurous crocheted little siren, Blue ?. I’ll also attach today’s press release and two recent photos from this week when they were conducting the aerial manatee counts.
Have you ever experienced an act of caring so kind that it’s hard to articulate it? This happened to me when Elke messaged me on Facebook that she and her two twin boys, Maxime and Julien, had a manatee present to send me all the way from Germany to Florida! She said they all kissed it and sent it on its merry way! When he arrived I named him “Blue” and constructed the perfect diving bell for his underwater adventures!
With the record number of manatees visiting all the springs, there have been some closures of the back springs at Three Sisters Springs. This has occurred for the past few seasons as the numbers of manatees visiting the springs has increased. This day in January 2014 when Blue met his cousins, the back springs were also roped off for manatees only. But there were still plenty of manatees out front who were curious and wanted to meet Blue! Pick a cool day and even if the back springs are closed temporarily, you still have a good chance of meeting an engaging manatee out front.
Page 1 USFWS Press Release – Record High Manatee Counts!
Page 2 – USFWS Press Release
So there is much cause for celebrating the record high manatee numbers in and around the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Blue is thrilled! And so am I! The high adult manatee to calf ratio of 6:1 shows Crystal River is an inviting safe haven.
Oh and I still owe Maxime and Julien a story about “Manatee Play”. I am still gathering material as there are so many ways manatees play! Two of the young stars are these two little girl manatees. For Maxime and Julien I named them Lucille and Joanna, names they specially picked out. So still lots of manatee tales to come!
More to come…! Best, Carol