A rare sight literally stopped traffic on the Courtney Campbell Causeway on Tuesday afternoon.
There was a lot of splashing in the water just yards from the road and it drew dozens of people out of their cars to catch a glimpse of what is called a "manatee mating ball."
People stopped to watch for good reason because it is a very rare sight that you can only see every 3 to 5 years. For a female manatee, deciding between suitors can be difficult. There are at least seven male manatees competing for a single female's attention.
The male's strategy is to push the female into shallow water in order to mate with her.