Then, I got my turn. It’s hard to describe what I felt as I rubbed her sweet, sweet nose. I’m pretty sure my blood pressure dropped to match hers. She was so serene; a thousand pounds of calm.
There are so many similarities between manatees and other species. They have an elephant’s hide and a platypus’ tail, but they have the personality of a golden retriever. This was a moment of pure joy for me. There was no other place to be besides fully present, there, with her.