electricmegaloo This cormorant popped up out of the water unexpectedly and then took off. Cormies are so amusing. 6d

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electricmegaloo West Indian manatees are my absolute favorite animal, and I still can't believe that I am able to assist with the species' annual health assessments at one of their largest wintering grounds. I am so fortunate! 6d

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electricmegaloo Immediately after a manatee is netted and lifted onto the shore, it is all hands on deck! The goal is to obtain vital stats on individuals quickly, efficiently, and with little to no added stress. We pour water over the snout to encourage the manatee to breathe, monitor CO2 output to ensure that the manatee is breathing frequently enough, take heart rate readings in intervals, and then interpret these numbers to look for early signs of stress/discomfort. Meanwhile, other volunteers are taking body temperature readings, measuring body lengths, drawing blood from both flippers, and prepping areas near the shoulders to insert pit tags (which will allow for future identification). Once we got in the groove we were super efficient (and even more efficient with our ninth and final manatee of the day, pictured above, since the tide was coming in and we were losing our little beach)! 7d
  •   mamacassie I need to do this 7d
  •   electricmegaloo Feb. 18-19 are the last dates for this, but I am also going snorkeling with manatees on my birthday! @mamacassie 7d
  •   mamacassie Wahhhh so cool 7d
  •   jessvallle how do you get involved with this? I love manatees so much :( 7d
  •   electricmegaloo It's open to anyone really, so long as you can transport yourself to Crystal River! I can give you the coordinator's e-mail if you are serious about attending. You can do just one day or both (2/18-19). @jessvallle 7d

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electricmegaloo Today was day two of the annual USGS manatee captures/health assessments! Here I am monitoring this guy's carbon dioxide levels and providing him with pure oxygen during breaths. (This is my fave task because I get to watch the manatee's cute face the entire time!) 7d

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electricmegaloo I love frogs!!! 2w

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electricmegaloo Great egrets are so beautiful! 3w

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electricmegaloo Great blue heron. 3w

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electricmegaloo Yellow-throated warbler. 3w

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electricmegaloo Less than two weeks until I get to hold some more manatee flippers! 3w
  •   deffairy Life aquatic! Steve zissou :) 3w

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electricmegaloo Love my little Peanut. 1mon

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electricmegaloo My girl is getting too big and too cute. 1mon

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electricmegaloo All I ever want to do in my spare time is take photos of animals and I am 100 percent okay with that. 1mon

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electricmegaloo THE DAY HAS ARRIVED! I AM A TRUE VEGAN NOW! 2mon

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electricmegaloo Who loves flying foxes? 2mon

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electricmegaloo Cute lil' mocker catching some rays. 🌞 2mon

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