Matthew Blystone (@matthewblystone) — Life enthusiast, promoter of balance, activator of dreams, primal by nature, relentless wanderer, perpetual seeker.
This little loner kept popping up wherever I swam to. It's so weird, the way people think of fish. I feel like man does not truly understand, or give enough credit to, these beings. When you're down there with them you begin to see their world in a new way, and them in a new way. I had this same experience when I snorkeled in Costa Rica about 8 years ago, this connection and feeling of oneness with creatures we blatantly take for granted or disregard as lower than us, yet, I don't see them destroying the reefs they're living in. #saveourseas#takenote#savetheplanet
I love how seemingly social fish are when you're in the water with them. Some would come out and say hi, swim close to observe and then dance around in the water almost as if they were happy to see a new face. Of course maybe they were terrified. All about perspective.
My first scuba dive after certification just so happened to be at Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida with @karlyvandyne . It was an easy dive, perfect for a couple noobs to do without guidance. I'm in love, addicted, can't wait to spend more time with these beauties.
Well, we did it. We came to swim with the gentle Giants, to see them lazily munching and snoozing in the shallow springs, and that is exactly what happened. Such docile and curious creatures, one even kissed my GoPro (footage of that to come). @karlyvandyne and I also obtained the knowledge that the manatee's closest relative is the elephant, that they grow teeth their entire lives because the sand in the vegetation they eat is constantly wearing them down, they could not bite you if they wanted too due to the location of their chompers, and the number 1 killer is of their species is not man, it's actually cold water. #manatee#preservation#aww