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Manatee bento

Posted on: July 15, 2011

So my friend E mentioned how much she loves manatees.  I am lucky enough to live in Florida where West Indian Manatees are in abundance even though they are endangered.  My husband was kind enough to watch the kids last night so that I could escape the house for a paddleboarding yoga class at sunset for the first time.  As we were paddling out into a quiet cove, a manatee swam right up to the edge of our boards to check us out, surfacing a couple of times.  It is times like these that make living here a special treat.   They are truly gentle giants.

I used an egg shaped cutter for the body and hand cut the tail, arms and nose.  Pre-made royal icing eyes were purchased through Amazon, the nostrils are fruit leather and the sesame seeds for the whiskers.  Also included are organic Ranier cherries, strawberries and green grapes along with a berry flavored Kefir.
Below are a few fun facts about manatees:

They are the closest living relatives to the elephant.

Manatees only breath through their nostrils, since while they are underwater their mouths are occupied with eating. Manatee lungs are 2/3 the length of its body.

It is estimated that there are only about 3,000 manatees left in the United States.

Manatees live between 50-60 years in an ideal environment.

About 20% of manatee deaths are due to boating accidents.  They move so slowly that they don’t have enough time to escape the watercraft.  Please remember to respect the laws in slow wake zones to protect marine life!

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