Manatees and Mermaids
Did you know Christopher Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids?
Maybe he was at sea too long, but according to a ship log dated January 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus himself said that he “distinctly saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea; but they are not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits.” The reason they weren’t as beautiful as he might have imagined is because they were actually manatees.
Manatees are large, slow moving mammals, and just like humans they don’t like to get too cold! Each winter they find their way into warm water tributaries and as a result places like Crystal River, Florida, see huge numbers of manatees each season.
Join us as Mike Engiles introduces us to manatee biology, physiology, and habitat, and learn how friendly, intelligent and engaging manatees can be.
January 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery
520 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Join via Zoom:
6:00 Social Time
7:00 General Business & Presentation