Friday, 4th May 2007 by

Congregating by this water outlet in West Palm Beach is a whole herd of Florida Manatees, a highly intelligent species of aquatic mammals, also known as Sea Cows.

Manatees! More Manatees!

The water outlet is actually from an adjacent power plant, and Manatees commonly gather in places like this, as the water is artificially heated. This has meant that the Manatess no longer migrate to warmer waters, and have actually become reliant on the heat from the power plants.

You'd think hanging around power plants might not be the safest practice, but actually these manatees are much more threatened by potential collisions with boats - and you can see why, given these ones proximity to the passing traffic.

Thanks: Jim Schomberg.