当前位置:首页 >> 语文 >>

Manatee of the Month


Manatee of the Month: Flicker

Flicker checks out a researcher doing manatee photo identification work. (Photo courtesy of FWCC) When you first see Flicker, you can't help but notice the many small propeller scars that run across her back. When she was identified in 1983 near Ft. Myers, Florida, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) researcher commented that her scars looked like flickering flames. That's how she got her name. Flicker has had more than one run-in with a boat. Her tail is missing a few chunks from contact with a propeller, and she's also had her share of entanglement woes (more on that later). But that hasn't stopped her from racking up manatee miles on her frequent trips around Tampa Bay.

In the winter, Flicker hangs out at Tampa Electric Company's (TECO) power plant in Apollo Beach, Florida. Manatees can't tolerate water temperatures below 21°C (70° F), and they gather near natural springs or warm water outflow of power plants when the weather turns colder. Besides visiting the TECO plant, Flicker also makes

trips across the bay to the Florida Progress plant in Bartow. After all, she doesn't want to play favorites! Her distinctive scars resemble "flickering flames" and earned Flicker her name

A few years ago, Flicker literally got caught up in some trouble that turned into a real adventure for her and her rescuers. One day, residents of Coffeepot Bayou in Tampa Bay reported a manatee with a crab trap line and a bouy wrapped around her tail. It was Flicker. But the extra additions didn't slow her down. She towed the line and bouy almost 10 nautical miles across the bay! Then she turned north to the Alafia River where she picked up more line and another bouy.

And then she got caught in two mooring lines attached to a houseboat.

By the time the FWCC rescue staff had arrived, Flicker -- who is a big manatee -- had stripped off one of the bouys and almost swamped a law enforcement boat. It took three attempts by the rescue staff (along with a couple of cleats and several planks from the houseboat) before she was free. Both Flicker and her rescuers escaped with no injuries. And she's still continuing to trek across Tampa Bay. In fact, last winter, she was a bay-wide traveler, visiting TECO, the Florida Progress' power plant, and Culbreath Key (across the bay from Florida Progress) all in one year. The winter fluctuated between cold and warm

weather, and Flicker may have decided to hightail it to Bartow when things warmed up a bit. The warm water disperses faster there on the unprotected flats, but lush seagrass beds can be found, so there are always good eats! We're happy to report that last spring Flicker was spotted with six other adults in the Culbreath Isles area -- in an area newly protected by boat speed zones for manatees.

Flicker keeps on truckin' across Tampa Bay. (Photo courtesy of FWCC)



相关文章:
新目标英语九年级单词拼写总复习
4. The manatee weighs about 1,000 p___________. It’s too heavy...-I go to the movies o____________ a month. 4. When is Sally’...
名词
(A) Manatee (B) Monkey (B) July (C) Horse (C) May (D) Dog (D) August The seventh month of the year is ________. (A) June The drug...
Unit3We're trying to save the manatees同步单元检测
Unit3We're trying to save the manatees同步单元检测_英语_小学教育_教育...Lions in Africa can go without water for about one month. Lions are also...
单词
49.The _____________(第十二)month is December. 50.The car is ...4. The manatee weighs about 1,000 ___________(英镑). It’s too ...
2012-2013学年山东省淄博市临淄一中2013届初中毕业班11...
9. How big is the manatee? A. About 18 feet long and 890 pounds in ...“I’ll spend a month at West Hill Farm. I think I can enjoy horse ...
九年级1-3单元月考复习
9. A manatee is one of the ______________(endanger) animals in ... ______________ (采访) Sun Yang three times since last month. ...
...We are trying to save the manatees ! (3)
九年级英语第十五单元导学案(3)Unit15 We are trying to save the manatees ...3. Mary __________ (go) to the zoo once a month. 4. Jim ___...
第十五单元知识点
manatee gentle furry enormous playful aggressive ...We should prevent the pollution of the environment...month. A.made B.is made C.has been made D....
2015
every month as long as I own it which can be a pain in the neck. ...但是 manatee 是个例外,理由如下: 一:海牛的大脑皮层很平滑,不像灵长类动物...
2012年中考英语总复习:单词拼写
4. The manatee weighs about 1,000 ___________(英镑). It’s too ...-I go to the movies ___________(一次) a month. 4. When is ...
更多相关标签: