Not so long ago, most people had no idea that the waters of the Bahamas in general – and Abaco in particular – contained a small population of these curious, gentle, trusting creatures. When I first wrote about them and their adventures, there was surprise – maybe disbelief. A few years later, all that has changed thanks to the BMMRO and an outreach program that raised awareness – and consequently the sighting and reporting – of manatees. They are now widely recognised as they nose their way round harbours, docks and landing stages – and quite rightly they still excite delight and a degree of wonderment. 

You can find out more – lots more – about Bahamas manatees on my page HERE. I have a post in progress about recent manatee developments with a rescue one but alas I have found I have already run out of week through some kind of bizarre time / space continuum dislocation (specifically, flagrant time-mismanagement). So I am posting a few adorable images to be going on with. 

And remember, if you happen to see one, please do report it to the BMMRO or let me know. Useful data includes date, location and a description if possible of any damage – notches and nicks – to the paddle (= tail). It’s a good method for ID. Photos a bonus.  Every sighting adds to the database of knowledge about these strangest of creatures of the Bahamian seas. And you’ll be pleased to know that they are undoubtedly managing to breed in the Bahamas: there are baby manatees to prove it…

All photos: BMMRO


  1. This is excellent news, RH. I am so so glad to hear you have them in Abaco, and they’re breeding too. I love manatees, and have only viewed them through tannic water in Florida where they were quite scarred from boat propellers. Beautiful photos here. Congrats to everyone working on this important project.

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    • They are SO great, aren’t they. And so ‘other’. I’ve been v lucky to have peripheral involvement for several years. Plentiful in Florida where there’s the fresh water they need. There’s next to none in Baha, no rivers or streams etc. But there are undersea sources and they seem to get by! And plenty of their favourite seagrass. As you say, very vulnerable to boat strike. Really good, visible manatee signs have been installed in places where they are found to warn boaters to cut the speed and keep an eye out. It all helps with protection…

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