Paddling with Manatees

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Manatee Sighting

Rich Blasbichler, who owns the Sea Oats Motel along Scenic Hwy. 98, told The Log he heard the manatees were making their way through the area on Wednesday. He and a friend grabbed their paddleboards and cameras and hit the Gulf of Mexico behind the their motel to grab some pictures and video.

The two spotted the pod of manatees at about the second sand bar. “It was unbelievable,” Blasbichler said. This is the second time Blasbichler has seen the majestic creatures up close and personal. He said he paddled with a few manatees about three years ago.

The pod he spotted Wednesday was headed west and one of the manatees had a tracking buoy attached to it, he said. “It was really cool to see them up here, since it’s not common.”

Aerial Photographer Scott Jackson told The Log “Today I was flying an aerial photo mission and happened upon a pod of 8 that was with some dolphins and some SUP boarders. They were near the Crab Trap and headed westbound.”