1. He's over here guys, lets surround him

    A group of about 15 manatees (properly called an aggregation) came up to the canoe and were all around it for a while yesterday in St Pete . The close up of the manatee surfacing about halfway through the video , the one without the sea grass in it's mouth , was a calf that is about 5 months old now . I call him " Tater Tot " . Although there was a lot of sea grass debris floating on the surface in this . . .

  2. Brothers Outdoors FL

    Got painfully close to sealing the deal this morning . Left my good camera in the truck because of Hurricane Michael , but had both #gopro’s charged . Had this young 6pt come in from downwind and headed straight at me with his nose to the ground , and he immediately hit the mock scrape that I hit with some @codebluescents doe estrus . I drew back and held on him for about 30 seconds , waiting for him . . .

  3. Curious manatee coming up to a reporter in a clear canoe

    I took a reporter (Wendi Rae) out with me in St Pete yesterday . As we were taking video of a large group of manatees near by , this one sort of snuck up on us and followed us around for a short time . It was Wendi's first time seeing manatees up close like this and it was really cool to watch her reactions and get to see her excitment . You can see manatees all year long in St Petersburg and winter . . .

  4. Coming up for a hug

    Manatees will sometimes hold on to canoes or kayaks for any where from a few minutes to a half hour . They will often throw a flipper over the side of your canoe & sort of use you as a float , even though they can control their buoyancy . I've never seen them tip anyone over while doing this . Typically , the only time manatees ever tip people over is because they were startled when someone paddled . . .

  5. Started the morning with dolphins and ended it with manatees

    As soon as these dolphin spotted me they came over and swam along playfully with the canoe for at least half an hour . After spending the morning hanging out with dolphin in St Pete , I came across a manatee on the way back to the launch site . The manatee followed me as I passed by him , so I decided to stop and let him look the clear canoe over for a little while . After checking it out for about 15 . . .

  6. As I tried to escape, he reached out a flipper to pull me back

    As I tried to escape , the great beast reached out a flipper to pull me back . . . This manatee squished his nose against the clear canoe a few times as he was looking me over today . When I decided to back away and leave , he reached out a flipper as if to grab me and pull me back :-) . . #attackofthekillerpotatoes #hesakiller #murdertee #terroronthehighseas #whenmanateesattack #dontletmedielikethis . . .

  7. Curious Manatee calf & its mother talking to each other

    This very curious and playful manatee calf & its mother spent about 30 minutes checking out the See Through Canoe yesterday . Near the end of the video the squeaking sounds you hear are the mother and her calf communicating with each other . Manatees have a few different types of vocalizations . Below the water they typically squeak , above water they will often snort or make a hissing sound . Snorting . . .