Thanks to Lauren’s contacts we had a behind the scenes look at the manatees. I had no idea that there were only two zoos that housed manatees (Columbus and Cincinnati, OH) and these two zoos work as rehabilitation centers. Apparently Florida is as protective of its manatees as Australia is of its platypuses.
Anyway, it was really neat to see the manatees from “backstage.” Just look at those lips!
It is amazing how you really can’t see the manatees from the surface. Now I understand better how boats have trouble seeing them and bump into them so easily.
See how different they look under water?
The manatees were a really cool part of our zoo trip. If you are in the area, we highly recommend a trip to the Cincinnati zoo.