Manatees have stories to tell. I’m convinced little manatees even have more intricate adventures to unveil! Check out my new Facebook looping video as my Profile Pic:
See him in action: Carol Grant Facebook
Of course, little manatees are exceedingly curious…! Would you like to know a little of the intrigue behind the scenes? Luckily, before this young male calf investigated my camera’s dome port, I spent time quietly floating and observing what was up with the other manatees – his friends and family. Let’s call this little one in my looping video “Snoots”.
Before “Snoots” became enamored with my dome port, he was playing with two other young manatees. These two were a few months older than he was. Snoots wanted to play and make it a threesome, but the young boy and girl manatee seemed to want their own play space as shown in this video. Note at about 35 seconds the plot thickens when one of the duo’s mother swims in from the left and breaks up the action!
Yes, looks like Mom had seen enough and canceled the shenanigans!
About twenty minutes later our star Snoots, who was getting bored with his cohorts under curfew, decided my dome port was the bee’s knees! Here’s another video clip showing his interest and then satisfied curiosity as he moves off. I believe his mother called to him.
Here are some still photographs of Snoots, along with his friends and other manatee in the area. It’s a crisp winter day, late morning, near the end of January 2015.
By the way, I really enjoy my Nikon d7100 DSLR (now currently a d7200) as it is very easy to switch it from RAW photo mode to HD video mode. The lens I use is great as the depth of field in video mode is sufficient for manatees at some distance and also focuses easily on whiskers near my camera dome port. Then if I need the scene a little less wide I zoom a bit and/or use the video crop mode so I don’t get much distortion along water surface lines, horizons, etc. Often I still have a GoPro mounted on top of my underwater housing. The GoPro footage is fun, but the quality and field of view of the Nikon d7200 video is much better and along with the excellent battery life I find the video from the d7200 much nicer. And remember a wise man once said, “The best video camera is the one you have with you.”
Now I just need to get more familiar with editing and spiffing up the video. That will come with study, time and practice. Oh yes, the Nikon d7200 is much more versatile for video as it has added Auto ISO in Manual Mode and that feature makes up for what these d7100 videos occasionally lack in exposure exactness. I’m very excited to be able to tell Snoots story with video as well as high-quality photographs! I hope you enjoy this peek into the fascinating lives of manatees and their little ones, especially lovable Snoots!