Manatee Munches Man’s Lawn As Tropical Storm Eta Rains Down On Florida

As Eta’s winds just barely qualified it as a tropical storm, most will remember this weather event as a few days of heavy rain. Florida resident Matt Hathaway will likely remember the free landscaping.

As the tides rose around his home, a manatee swam up to graze on his lawn.

“Tide is so high we have a manatee munching on the grass IN OUR YARD.😳 #Eta,” mattrussell00@yahoo.com Hathaway wrote on Facebook.

A manatee was eating the grass near a man's home in Florida.
Source: Facebook/Matt Hathaway
A manatee was eating the grass near a man’s home in Florida.

Hathaway posted a video of the manatee on Nov. 9 before Eta had made landfall in Florida.

According to FOX News, a massive alligator was seen near Valencia Golf & Country Club in Naples just a few days later.

The manatee moved inland as Tropical Storm Eta swelled the water level.
Source: Facebook/Matt Hathaway
The manatee moved inland as Tropical Storm Eta swelled the water level.

“You never know what you will catch on video around here,” Hathaway wrote in a later post.

As mentioned several times in the comments to Hathaway’s video, Manatees need fresh water to survive, so this one wasn’t in danger as long as it could swim. It was more likely delighted with this rare snack as Eta swelled water levels along the Gulf of Mexico coast.

“That’s environmentally friendly lawn service!,” commented Heather N Phillips.

This manatee probably loved the green snacks.
Source: Facebook/Matt Hathaway
This manatee probably loved the green snacks.

“one way to mow the lawn~,” wrote Flex Kayakfari.

“😍 A sea cow has chosen you,” commented Meaghan Malone.

“Get rid of your mower,” wrote Robert James Pritchard.

See more in the video below.

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.

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