Photo of the Day Contest
Manatee by Alastair Pollock
Sunday, 2nd January 2011


by Alastair Pollock

This shot was taken at Crystal River in Florida USA. The manatees were surprisingly relaxed with me coming in close. The younger manatees and babies frequently came in an checked me out (not sure if they were looking at their own reflection in my dome port). This was shot a 7am.

Manatee by Alastair Pollock was photo of the day on Sunday, 2nd January 2011. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.


2nd January 2011 at 4:15 am

Beautiful image, love the reflection.

2nd January 2011 at 9:57 am

I didn’t know they had algae on their backs; I would love to see a baby manatee.

2nd January 2011 at 10:03 am

Great shot of a world we rarely see. the image quality is great.


2nd January 2011 at 1:15 pm

Nice shot! I remember Crystal River water being crystal clear indeed but extremely cold…

Jane Beskow

2nd January 2011 at 3:11 pm

It may feel cold to you, but manatees cannot survive in water less than 65-68ยบ. Crystal River maintains a pretty constant temperature that is safe for them. Gorgeous picture Mr Pollock.
The manatees have been gone from most canals in my area since the beginning of December. Most unusual, but the temperature did plummet quite dramatically. Cannot wait for them to come back home!

2nd January 2011 at 4:57 pm

Amazing Creature. Gentle giant in the water… Beautiful capture. Thanks for sharing.

Laura Milholland

2nd January 2011 at 5:01 pm

Beautiful, clear shot of this wonderful creature. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations.

2nd January 2011 at 6:59 pm

Amazingly beautiful animal… I agree, a gorgeous clear scene- thanks for sharing!
I checked out your other galleries(sites) Alastair and I think your work is STUNNING!!!!!!

Smiling Christine


3rd January 2011 at 12:28 am


Marie Dunphy Harding

3rd January 2011 at 5:56 am

I’m envious of the ‘oh, so relaxed’ position of the manatee! Great shot!


3rd January 2011 at 4:54 pm

He is not handsome, but beautiful…

3rd January 2011 at 8:15 pm

I love manatees. They are remarkable animals! I love the blue color of the water and how clear the image looks. Way to go

4th January 2011 at 9:04 am

wonderful clarity and I love the top reflection…

8th January 2011 at 1:05 pm

Nice shot!

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