Wendy De la Garza
Updated: Dec 7, 2022
I got to ID Manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme) for the first time!
I was excited until after realized it was floating in the water because of a neighboring boat scarring of a sea grass bed.
Seagrass scarring happens when boat propellers rip the bottom root systems of seagrass.
We are lucky to have Manatee (Trichechus Managua) in our backyard. Manatees eat this Manatee grass along with other sea grasses like Turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum).
It‘s easy to ID Manatee grass. It’s not flat like a Turtle grass blade. You can roll Manatee grass with your fingers like a pencil.
More than 800 manatees have died in Florida this year.