6.06.2014

The Day I Almost Got Eaten By a Manatee.

Okay, so that's a mild exaggeration.  But only a slight one.

So it didn't try to eat me, but still.  Scary crapola.  Let me start from the beginning.

It was a beautiful day on Siesta Key Beach.  It was a little cloudy, but that was fine because we just wanted to relax and not boil too much.  After a couple hours the sun came out and we got really hot and decided to go in the water.  

We waded in until the water was about to my shoulders, so I could swim around but not work too hard.  We did go to relax, after all!  As we were floating around we saw 2 schools of fish swim by...rather quickly.  Dom said that there was definitely something scaring them, but I just figured it was a bigger fish.  Of course, that got my mind wandering and I mentioned to Dom how it was weird that most shark attacks happen in that depth of water.  Of course, I didn't actually think it was a shark, so I wasn't afraid.

Then, a few seconds later Dom was looking behind me and goes "Babe...Babe..." and I didn't really get what he was saying until I turned around and saw a HUGE black figure swimming in the water mayyyybe a foot away from me.  And boy, did I scream.  I am not sure if I spit out all the curse words I knew or yelled to the sweet baby Jesus but I think I peed myself and had a heart attack at the same time.  

Once it swam by and I started breathing a little slower the people next to us go, "Oh don't worry!  It's just a manatee!"  

Hmm.  I'm pretty sure it just tried to eat me.  And I lived!

Now,  manatees are cool and all, but when a 10ft object swims up to you in the ocean it's pretty much the scariest thing ever.  I tried to play it cool and stayed in the water for another 5 minutes or so before I convinced myself a shark was lurking behind me and had to get out.

So, I sat on the beach and counted my blessings.  After all, I had just survived a manatee trying to eat me.  Or just swim by me.  Same difference. 

8 comments:

  1. I can't swim in the ocean. All I think about is sharks sharks sharks sharks! I go in about knee deep and I'm good haha.

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  2. Holy CRAP!!! That's insane haha I'd have freaked out, too! Glad it didn't eat our little Robin!! I was stung by a couple jellyfish TWO DAYS in a row on vacation a few years back, so more I'm a little leery on touching the ground in an ocean unless I can see the bottom; but oh my lanta! Siesta Key is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Jealous.

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  3. Hahaha, that's happened to me but it actually was just a fish! My cousin was with me and ran out of the water screaming and crying!!

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  4. I'm terrified of all sea creatures...to the point that I perhaps had a panic attack trying to snorkel in HI. The comical part is I swam competitively from the time I was 5 until I got hurt in high school, so the water is like home to me. Sea creatures? Very stressful. Glad you're back in FL and enjoying it! So jealous of your weather!!

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  5. Oh my goodness! I was on Siesta Key (more specifically, Crescent Beach), just last week, and I swear I recognize your umbrella! It caught my eye because of the rainbow colors! Too funny-small world, huh?Glad you weren't eaten ;-)

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  6. To calm you down a little, manatees are herbivores. You're fine. :)

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  7. I was @ the beach just last week & I was scared to so do not feel bad! I was snorkeling & then I noticed something beside I about died turns out it was a fish just the size of me but still scary none the less that thing could have eaten me whole..

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  8. Oh my gosh. I would probably be crying at that point. I probably would've been freaking out as soon as the schoool of fish swam by because well..I'm lame. But I'm glad you didnt get eaten! :)

    xoxo
    Brianna
    www.endlesslybeloved.com

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