Impressive, paddle-like tails are the manatees' only means of propulsion, so they have to be strong and wide. The tail is an extension of the backbone--if a manatee ever had back legs they are long gone now. Front flippers and tails are all they get to conduct their aquatic acrobatics.
|Their tails look to me like prickly pear cactus.|
I was happy it was bright enough to stop the action and catch the water sheeting off their tails.
The last photos are a series of shots of a manatee splashing its tail on the surface.
We left the run shortly after this. The park closed at 6:15 (sundown) and we had to get back to the launch and load up the boats. But on the way we were blessed with one more gift from the park.
Next: A life list bird!