Manatees don’t fear humans, which is a shame because their willingness to leave near or with humans is killing them off. Too many are victims of boats propellers. Tour promoters have over advertised swimming with the manatees with the result that the slow-swimming giants are man handled by overly enthusiastic participants who hold onto the flippers and even try to ride the manatee. What used to be a friendly animal is now a shy creature seeking refuge from the deluge of people. Wildlife resources have had to making manatee sanctuary area giving the creature a place to rest.
The manatee greets other manatees with affection and a mouthing gesture. There appears to be no real aggression or competition between manatees. Their curiosity gets them in trouble when they investigate nets or boat propellers. This slow-moving creature reminds us to slow down and enjoy the journey. It spends most of its time looking for food and eating. We can emulate the manatee, not by eating all day, but being more conscious of what we eat as opposed to making it a secondary activity while we’re doing something else.
What does a manatee teach us?
Even though it lives in the watery world of emotions, it can balance them by practicing forgiveness and refusing to hold onto any need for revenge. Its world is one of reflection and non-violence. Its appearance could be a reminder to take things slower. The manatee has appeared in your life to given you a nudge to work on the inner you as opposed to the outer you.
If you’ve snorkeled, then you’ve experienced how quiet the ocean can be. This is the manatee’s world that allows it to proceed at its own pace and using its intuition. The sea cow demonstrated its higher spiritual nature not seeking out retribution.
Invoke the manatee spirit when you peace and serenity. Thesea cow reminds us to let the little things go, and be in the now.
If you dream of manatees, it could be a sign that you need to relax and slow down. Depending on your current situation, it could also be symbolized not getting enough done. Thirdly, it could be a secret desire to meet and swim with the manatees.