I thought it might be interesting for us all to recall our first memories of manatees. I used to subscribe to a lot of trashy magazines when I was growing up, e.g. seventeen, teen, ym, etc. At the back of these magazines there are several pages of advertisements that are completely irrelevant to the subject matter of the magazines themselves. I remember seeing a small ad for savethemanatee.org. Having an environmentalist bent, I checked it out, and ended up adopting a manatee from the site. His name is Merlin. That year I also adopted a grizzly bear and three badgers from England but I always loved Merlin the manatee the best. Two years ago I got a free manatee christmas stocking. Soon I will renew my subscription so I can get the free manatee t-shirt which is extremely ugly, but appealing nonetheless. I could go on to speak of Swedish and I's personal relationship with the plight of manatees (and the origin of this community's userinfo) but I'm a bit knackered at the moment. I, or Swedish, will discuss it in the near future.
So...Please Share Your Memories of Manatees. I am interested in how manatee information is disseminated in our culture.