VIDEO: Manatee enjoys some water from a hose

A TV helicopter camera in Cocoa Beach captured a Manatee enjoying a long cool drink of water that was spilling from a pipe into a canal.

The video was a big hit on WFTV's Facebook page.

"Awww! They love the fresh water! When I was little I used to run the hose just so they would swim over to me. Such sweet creatures!!!" said Stephanie Benedict in a post.

Which leads to the question: Do manatees drink salt water?

The answer, according to Dr. Katie Tripp on www.savethemanatee.org :

"Although manatees are found in fresh, brackish, or salt water, they don't drink salt water. Research suggests that manatees in salt water can go without drinking fresh water for extended periods. On average, they must return to fresh water every one to two weeks to drink. 
 
Their intake of water occurs while eating aquatic plants as well as actively drinking. This may explain why manatees can go so easily from freshwater to marine environments. It also means that people do not need to give manatees water from hoses. Manatees can take care of their own fresh water needs."
 

 


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