If you’re not from Florida, you wouldn’t have thought it, but manatees often make the news in the Sunshine State.

For example, did you know that there are professional manatee spotters working in south Florida? They scan waterways in search of the gentle, lumbering sea cows to make sure they aren’t too close to any work sites. If they spot one approaching, all work on the site must stop until the manatee moves on to a safe distance.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The slow-moving sea cows are vulnerable to heavy equipment like the unforgiving dredging buckets that bite huge chunks out of the bottom. The chunky mammals can swim upside down or vertically, roll and do somersaults, but aren’t quick enough to dodge boats or machinery.

Elsewhere in Florida, the oldest known manatee living in captivity just turned 64. ‘Snooty’, who is also the first recorded manatee to be born in captivity, celebrated his birthday at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.

Read more about that story on cfnews13.com.

From an old timer to a young upstart; a baby manatee was recently rescued in Key Largo, Florida. The young calf was observed swimming without her mother for at least a week before Fish and Wildlife staff and workers from the Miami Seaquarium.

Read more in the Miami Herald.

Finally, 14 manatees who were piled up on the shore in Clearwater were not beached as many thought, but were actually mating. Though the group of 13 males and one female attracted onlookers, authorities have advised people to stay away and let the manatees – who are members of an endangered species – do their thing.

Read more about that on baynews9.com.