Mating Manatees In Pompano Beach Cause Quite The Commotion
A pod of frisky manatees garnered a lot of attention in Pompano Beach on Monday.
About a dozen sea cows gathered in shallow waters near the beach, attracting a crowd that stood at a distance, according to reports. Miami Seaquarium and Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said the animals were likely mating.
A smaller pod of manatees gathered in the Pompano Beach area around the same time in 2013.
The deed tends to cause quite the commotion: In May, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told Jacksonville’s WJXT the organization began getting reports about some curious behavior.
”The call we usually get is, 'There's a mom manatee, and all the babies are trying to save it,' but in actuality, the large female can have up to 20-something males trying to breed the one female,” a marine mammal biologist from the FWC, told the station.
According to the FWC, a female manatee reaches sexual maturity in three to five years, while a male reaches sexual maturity in five to seven years. Males aren’t part of the “family unit," and they usually leave females alone after their breeding period.
WPLG captured video of the scene in Pompano earlier this afternoon. Watch the video, below: