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August 2023 | Paddle Tales eNewsletter

A manatee swimming to the surface to breathe while other manatees rest in the background.
It's A Fact
Because they are mammals, manatees must surface to breathe air. They may rest submerged at the bottom or just below the surface of the water, coming up to breathe, on average, every three to five minutes. When manatees are using a great deal of energy, they may surface to breathe as often as every 30 seconds. Read more.
A broken glitter inner tube at Blue Spring State Park. Glitter Inner Tubes: No Good for the Environment
Water floaties filled with glitter might seem like a fun summer toy, but they can break easily, wreaking havoc on our ecosystem. Read more from SMC Volunteer Specialist Gina McClain about her personal experience with these tubes at Blue Spring State Park.
A photo of a winning submission for the 2023 art contest. Manatee Art Contest: The Results Are In
We were thrilled with all the submissions to this year's Manatee Art Contest, which ranged from drawings and paintings to baskets and mosaics. Thanks to all the artists for sharing their work, and to everyone who cast their vote! View the winners and all submissions here.
Two people biking to participate in the Save the Manatee 5k virtual race. How To Participate in the Save the Manatee 5k? Let Us Count the Ways.
Did you know that you don’t have to run to participate in the 5k? There are so many ways you can move that we made a fun video short to share some of them. Watch the reel on SMC's Instagram page. (And while you're there, don't forget to give us a follow!)
Two manatees moving through the clear water of Blue Spring State Park. We've Moved!
We’re excited to report that we have moved into our own building just down the road from beautiful Wekiwa Springs State Park. We are thrilled about the new opportunities to come in our new space! Our new address is 317 Wekiva Springs Rd., Suite 100, Longwood, FL 32779.
A video still showing a manatee holding their flipper over their face with fingernails visible in the frame. Manatee Q&A: What is the purpose of the manatee’s flipper nails?
Most of us know that West Indian manatees have three to four nails on each of their flippers… but what is their purpose? Watch our short video to learn the answer!
A video still from the A Place To Roam webinar. Don't miss: On July 20, we hosted a webinar all about manatees and their habitat. If you couldn’t join us live, click here to watch “A Place to Roam: Manatees and their Habitat”.

The cover image for the 2024 Save the Manatee Club calendar

There's still time to get your 2024 calendar at a lower price! Preorder yours before September 1 and get 25% off. Orders placed now will ship in early September. Shop now.


Photo Credits: It's A Fact © David Schrichte. All others © Save the Manatee Club. Photos and illustrations may only be used with permission. Contact Save the Manatee Club for more information.

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