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  • Geoffrey Baris


This is an image which is very different then my other fine art photography images that I’ve posted. On morning while walking around a boat harbor in Islamorada, which is in the Florida Keys I noticed this 400-600 pound Manatee drinking water which was dripping off the dock. Because of the overdevelopment in Florida the Manatees fresh water supply is diminished and you very often can see them hanging around boat docks looking for fresh water. Homeowners and boaters often will drop a garden hose into the water for them to get the much needed fresh water to drink. It’s quite comical to see them sucking the end of the hose and pulling it from each others mouth to replenish themselves. I was amazed that in this picture this giant mammal was willing to drink one drop at a time.

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