It is typical during the summer months to see manatee in the water surrounding North Captiva. Typically I have seen them in the canal near the runway. I have gathered some information about the manatees for you.
Belonging to the Sirenia order of mammalians, manatees are the common name for a large, gray or black air-breathing water mammal. Sometimes called a “sea cow,” the manatee looks somewhat like a hippopotamus. Adult manatees have large bodies averaging ten feet in length and weighing between 440 and 1300 pounds. Manatees have a small head with a straight snout having a bristly moustache on the upper lip. Paddle-like forelimbs are used to move through the water.
Manatees live in fresh, brackish, or salt water and roam with small herds somewhat like a family. Six to eight hours a day is spent grazing upon seaweed and other marine plants. Their slow metabolism reduces the energy requirements, thus they move slowly through the water. Because of their size, manatees have few natural enemies.
While you are on your vacation in North Captiva, there are many water activities to enjoy including swimming, snorkeling, jet skiing, fishing, taking boat tours and diving, just to name a few. You may even get to see a manatee!