PhotoFriday – ‘At Rest’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’At Rest’

The manatees hang out in the hot springs at Crystal River in Flordia (they sleep there over night for warmth in the winter). Its a wonderfully tranquil place when the tourist are behaving themselves and obeying the rules set down to protect the manatees. Rule number one, do not disturb a sleeping manatee. If they want to come over to you for a scratch then they will but they sleep in the springs for protection and we should respect that. It is fascinating to watch them rest though. They pivot on their fin up to the surface to breathe without waking.

You can see more manatee photos here.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery. Or my best from 2012 here.

See all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘At Rest’ here.

PS: I’m currently selling the set up that took these photos. Click here for more details & the full list of equipment for sale or email me at scubasuzy-sellingnikongear@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks for supporting my work!

New underwater video: Scratchy Time with Ringo the Manatee

See on vimeo here.

We called him Ringo because of the little ring pattern on his back (not very clear in the video the way I processed it though).

For more manatees (photos) see here: http://suzywalker.wordpress.com/tag/manatee/
For more scuba suzy videos see here: http://vimeo.com/channels/scubasuzy
Filmed on a old Fuji compact camera in Feb 2011 (not the in summertime). Edited in iMovie.
Music: “In the Good Old Summertime, performed by John Philip Sousa’s Band (recorded 27 October 1905, which is also not in the summertime)”.

 

PhotoFriday – ‘At Play’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’At Play’

Possibly the most playful creature I’ve meet in the sea are the manatees (I’m told seals are even more playful but I don’t generally dive in temperate waters so I’ve never met any). The only downside to “scratch time” is the green algae gets all under your fingernails. If you are a quality scratcher you can get the manatees to roll over and over for one all over complete and continuous scratch roll.

They especially like the under the flipper-pit tickle as demonstrated by Alex and his friend below:

If you want to see more of my underwater photos from various places then check out the galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

See all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘At play’ here.