'The Florida Manatee
Biology and Conservation'
Roger L. Reep and Robert K. Bondie
Here is an excerpt from a truly amazing book that is an indepth study of the Florida manantee. As the title reports, it is factual and informative ..... but I love the intimacy of the first paragraph .......
'On a clear cold winter morning the silence in the water is broken by the sound of an approaching motor boat. It grows louder as it approaches a group of sleeping manatees. Such noise is becoming more and more common these days. One manatee, Piety, briefly takes note, but continues resting in the warm spring waters of the sanctuary with her young calf. She is old and used to this habitual activity, now part of the manatee life. Her calf, however, does not understand and curiosity arouses his attention. He wants to investigate, and mom wants to sleep.'