I have fond memories of manatees from my time in Florida in the mid-80's. Manatees frequented the ship channel at Harbor Branch in winter, dining on Brazilian Pepper trees that hung over the water. My oldest son and I swam with the manatees in the shallow waters around Fort Pierce. Truly gentle giants. Any sailors that confused them with mermaids had been at sea way too long however...
See what I mean?
A merm, uh, manatee had been visiting the Chesapeake for a few years, but in spring this year, one turned up dead in the Patuxent River, and I wonder whether we'll see any this year.