Propeller Wound on Florida Manatee, Natural History Photography Blog

Propeller Wound on Florida Manatee

View This Blog Post in Google Earth (How Cool Is That?)  View this blog entry in Google Earth
Latitude: 28° 47' 54.6" N, Longitude: 82° 35' 24.61" W, Coord: 28.7985°, -82.59017°
Filed under: Florida, Manatee, Wildlife on 3/9/2009

Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus) are often struck and injured by boats, in spite of laws intended to slow the passage of boats in areas inhabited by the slow-moving mammals. Manatees tend to rest below the surface, holding their breath, and surface without warning when they need to breathe. A boater who is moving too quickly or not paying attention can easily hit the manatee in such a situation. The result is frequently injury and sometimes death, either by virtue of the immediate trauma or by infection in the deep wound caused by the boat. In these photos, Florida manatees display scars, evidence of injuries from boats and/or boat propellers.

West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor., Trichechus manatus,  Copyright Phillip Colla, image #03306, all rights reserved worldwide.
West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor. Homosassa River, Homosassa, Florida, USA.
Image: 03306  
Species: Trichechus manatus
Location: Homosassa River, Florida, USA
Click To View This Location in Google Earth.  You must have Google Earth installed for this feature to work correctly. View this Image in Google Earth!

 
West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor., Trichechus manatus,  Copyright Phillip Colla, image #03307, all rights reserved worldwide.
West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor. Homosassa River, Homosassa, Florida, USA.
Image: 03307  
Species: Trichechus manatus
Location: Homosassa River, Florida, USA
Click To View This Location in Google Earth.  You must have Google Earth installed for this feature to work correctly. View this Image in Google Earth!

 
West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor., Trichechus manatus,  Copyright Phillip Colla, image #03308, all rights reserved worldwide.
West Indian manatee with scarring/wound from boat propellor. Homosassa River, Homosassa, Florida, USA.
Image: 03308  
Species: Trichechus manatus
Location: Homosassa River, Florida, USA
Click To View This Location in Google Earth.  You must have Google Earth installed for this feature to work correctly. View this Image in Google Earth!

 

See more boat strike photos, Florida manatee photos and Trichecus manatus photos.

»



Leave a comment





HOME | Online Image Search | Photo of the Day | Contact / Bio | Licensing/Pricing | Prints | Stock List | Image Hierarchy | List of Log Entries | Site Map | Blue Whale | Cetaceans | Pinnipeds | Sharks | Rays | Fishes | Kelp Forest | Sea Birds | Inverts | Man & Animal | Man & Ocean | Ocean & Light | Ocean & Motion | Portraits | About Color and Monitor Calibration | Copyright Statement | All text and photographs copyright © Phillip Colla Natural History Photography   All rights reserved worldwide. The content of this site is made available for purposes of researching images offered for license by Phillip Colla Natural History Photography.  No image is to be copied, duplicated, modified or redistributed in whole or part without the prior written permission of Phillip Colla Natural History Photography.  Whale logo is a trademark of Phillip Colla Natural History Photography, 8021 Paseo Arrayan, Carlsbad, CA 92009, USA.  760.707.7153  Email: photos@oceanlight.com    Web: www.OceanLight.com      Portfolios: www.Gygis.com

Updated: October 25, 2014