A Somewhat Rare occurrence Along The Local Beaches

Some lucky beachgoers at Panama City Beach got a chance to experience something rare Wednesday afternoon.

A pod of seven Manatees were just off shore traveling east along the coastline.

The endangered species live mainly in south and central Florida, but they have occasionally been known to venture north in the Gulf during the summer mating season when the water is warmer.

Though its not uncommon to see Manatees in our area, it is rare to see them in the waters off Panama City Beach in a group as large as the seven seen swimming together Wednesday.

Manatees have an average lifespan of about 60 years, but many are killed by injuries received from boat motor propellers.

There are only about 33-hundred Florida Manatees still alive