Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Clear Kayak + Crystal Clear Water + Manatees

Observe the manatees while they observe kayakers through crystal clear waters and a transparent kayak hybrid. In this one-minute promotional video for Florida-based See Through Canoe, curious manatees press their large noses to the clear watercraft, and can be seen swimming peacefully beneath it. The encounter looks calm and non-stressful for the large animals.

observing a manatee
Florida boaters should follow these Manatee Protection Tips from SaveTheManatee.org to avoid collisions that can harm or kill these slow-moving, herbivorous marine mammals.

Tips include slowing significantly in manatee speed zones, avoiding seagrass beds and shallow areas where manatees might be feeding, cutting the boat motor when observing the animals, and resisting the urge to touch or feed them.

From a 2013 article by veterinary medicine professor Roger Reep at Sailor for the Sea:

Manatees in Florida deal with motorized boat traffic throughout much of their range. Florida has about 2000 miles of complex coastline involving the Intracoastal Waterway, numerous rivers, creeks, canals, bays, lagoons, inlets, lakes, and coastal islands. Manatees are found in each of these habitats because they feed on a wide variety of aquatic vegetation…

Several studies have found that only about 60% of boaters comply with posted slow speeds. Not surprisingly, the presence of law enforcement results in greater compliance. However, the number of marine patrol officers is very low compared to what would be needed to have a widespread effect on boater compliance. For now, low boater compliance and an increasing number of boats are two factors that contribute to sustained high numbers of manatees killed by boat strikes. Technological solutions have been proposed, including warning lights to notify boaters of manatees in an area, and sound beacons on boats to warn manatees of boaters in an area. However, in my opinion, if we are to solve the problem of manatees being hit by boats it will be through the technology of the human soul, whereby we learn to live more cooperatively with other species and the natural environment on whose health we all depend.

manatee under a clear kayak
Watch these related videos next:
• Kayaking with Redondo Beach Blue Whales
• Alaskan Kayaking Adventure: New Lives in the Wild
• Up close and underwater as a humpback whale breaches
• Swimming with the Galápagos Sea Lions of Isla Plaza Sur
• Critter cams on a Giant River Turtle’s back and a manatee’s peduncle

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Swimming with the elusive oarfish

Rion Nakaya

A human-sized barrel jellyfish near Cornwall

Rion Nakaya

Bottlenose dolphins of Jeju Island encounter a Haenyeo diver

Rion Nakaya

Up close and underwater as a humpback whale breaches

Rion Nakaya

Whales swim with a paddleboarder off the coast of Esperance

Rion Nakaya

Close encounters of the giant kind: Diving with a whale shark

Rion Nakaya

Critter cams on a Giant River Turtle’s back an a manatee’s peduncle

Rion Nakaya

Swimming with the Galápagos Sea Lions of Isla Plaza Sur

Rion Nakaya

Alaskan Kayaking Adventure: New Lives in the Wild

Rion Nakaya