'Manatees are sentient beings, loving touch of many forms, especially between mother and child. This video of momma and baby offers a clear view of his fin nails....many people do not know they have finger-like bones with nails!'
The species can also be pretty friendly, as demonstrated by the curious manatee nuzzling the diver.
Manatees — those comically blimp-like “sea cows” whose gentle, lumbering ways also made them susceptible to the threats that nearly killed them off as a species — are no longer endangered.
Ellie the manatee, a regular visitor to Alabama waters since at least 2006, was found dead Saturday, floating near the ship channel in Mobile Bay.