GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) - Two manatees swam to a dock in Garden City and were welcomed by two friends and a cat.
The arrival was a surprise and an awesome sight, Julie Tyler said. Tyler captured the video of the sea mammals, within arm's reach, off a dock near Inlet Pointe.
One of the manatees rolled where there was cool water from a water hose.
Tyler said it had been nearly 10 years since she'd been this close to a manatee, so seeing the pair was a real treat. However, it was a first for Buster, her pet cat.
Manatees are endangered species and protected the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibits the take (i.e., harass, hunt, capture, or kill) of all marine mammals, according to the SCDNR.
Despite the apparent merriment the manatee got from the water in the hose, watering manatees is illegal.
Feeding and watering manatees is illegal and encourages them to spend time at docks and marinas, making them susceptible to boat strike which is one of the main causes of mortality, according to DNR. To read the entire article, visit http://1.usa.gov/1ts3nB3.
To report an injured manatee in South Carolina, contact the SCDNR hotline at 1-800-922-5431.