By Jack Williams
An intrigued canoeist could not believe his eyes recently, when he happened to come across a giant MANATEE MATING HERD.
In the crystal-clear footage Michael McCarthy was able to capture from above, roughly 10 manatees can be seen intertwined int he murky waters.
The video was shot off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida, where Michael, 50, runs a company called See Through Canoe.
As manatees do not form permanent bonds like some animal species, their breeding methods see a single female, known as a cow, followed by a group of up to a dozen or so males, known as bulls.
Michael said: “The location is one where I almost always see manatees, and on this particular occasion, I was able to see and hear the commotion as they splashed around on the surface of the water from quite a ways away.
“I was really happy with how well the footage turned out and didn’t really realize how good it looked until I looked at it later on my laptop.”
In order to capture such footage, Michael said, it’s important to keep a safe distance from a rowdy group like this.
He added: “All of the footage was taken with cameras that had good zoom lenses so the manatees weren’t disturbed or even aware of me.”