They’re large. They’re ovoid. They resemble the hypothetical spawn between a bear and a walrus. They’re also, tragically, an endangered species.…

They’re large. They’re ovoid. They resemble the hypothetical spawn between a bear and a walrus. They’re also, tragically, an endangered species. Yes, I speak of the manatee, the beautiful, somewhat gracious, wholly amusing animal which cavorts in the depths of the great blue sea. April is a perfect time to get to know the manatee, because it’s National Manatee Awareness Month. Known as the cows of the sea, manatees have been greatly hurt by boat injuries and hunting by humans. Since manatees only reproduce at most once every other year, repopulating the dwindling species is a tough job. That’s why it’s important to be in the know about manatee issues. So, what can you do to support your local manatee? For starters, don’t consume manatee flesh. Definite no-no, and depending on your state, probably illegal, too. Also, if you’re ever going on a propeller-powered boat, make sure the captain is aware and careful to not injure manatees. Together, we can ensure that this splendorous, magnificent, and exquisite creature will live on to enthrall and engross generations to come.

– Will

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