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  • I just read an article"Manatees in Grand Canal..." posted August 11. 2011. I was taken back to the memory of the time that my now grown son learned to swim after a visit to Columbus Zoo. We viewed, for the first time, the graceful manatee.
    He had been receiving lessons to swim, and did very well, however his love of the water truly began after he vied the manatee.
    We arrived home and, dressed in our suits, began another swimming adventure. He and his twin sister were only four years of age.
    I enjoyed my son's underwater swimming and laughed, as I saw a new injoyment of the water and his confidence as he swam under water --very much enjoying himself.
    He came out of the water and exclaimed," I am a Manatee!"
    I was thankful to have had the opportunity to realize this experience with him, understanding that a planned trip to a zoo miles away helped him realize the pleasure and enjoyment of swimming..
    How I appreciate seeing the Manatee in their own habitat, as I have her in Siesta Key, is also very exciting.... "Save the Manatee!"
    I say. I saw the fast boats, the Manatee, swimming close by, and thought of the beautiful creature unaware of the danger.
    I will support the active awareness to slow down those watercraft.
    I think the places where the boats and jetski's are rented would be a great place to begin.

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  • Donna Blackburn
    Fri 12th Aug 2011
    at 5:16pm
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