Manatees aren’t the mermaids of legend, but they may soon be just as rare.

I saw it as I got off the ferry.  A shadow, a few ripples, a gray snout just above the water.  It was just a glimpse, barely visible from the dock on Cumberland Island.  But it was my first sight of a manatee — one of the most odd and beautiful mammals in the ocean. … Continue reading

Sea Turtles in the Gulf of Mexico

Sea turtles seem to hold a permanent place in our culture, and rightly so.  They have been swimming the seas since the time of the dinosaurs, so the first humans saw essentially the same species that exist today.  A visit to the Georgia coast reminded me how fascinating—and threatened—sea turtles are. Types of sea turtles … Continue reading