Manatees are surely one of the strangest sea mammals. Their bulky shapes and slow movements make them look like the teddy bears of the sea – not in shape but in winsomeness.
Humans are their greatest threat, through habitat destruction, ship strikes, pollution and fishing gear. To draw attention to these gentle creatures, Mermaid Melissa made the video below. It is 14 minutes well spent – a slow, gentle homage to the manatee.