Early this morning I read about the recent spotting of a manatee, also known as “sea cow,” in Sesuit Harbor, East Dennis. Here is a report about it: http://tinyurl.com/4y9k9q. Well, Sesuit Harbor is just a five-minute drive from my parents’ house. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. So I grabbed my camera and off I went…there were already a few people holding coffee mugs and walking up and down the docks in the wind and light rain, trying to spot the unusual-looking sea creature.
I joined them and began chatting with one of the marine mammal rescue workers who informed me that this is the farthest north a manatee has ever been observed. She added that her team is going to rescue it soon and take it down to Florida because it would not survive the winter on Cape Cod. The water is just too cold here.
As we were talking, the manatee surfaced right in front of us. A very exciting moment. I got a good shot of it, as you can see. I will go back to the harbor tomorrow…but hope that by then the large gentle creature has been taken to a warmer habitat down south.