This googly-eyed rock is named Manatee. You can buy it for $9. I don’t know why you would.
Your bathroom isn’t complete until you’ve got a manatee toilet paper roll holder. Only $35. TOTALLY WORTH IT.
Behold, the only tea infuser you’ll ever need: Manatea ($9.99).
[Photograph: WWSB ABC 7]
Three manatee plops. Aw. Say hello to Snooty, Longo, and Cheeno.
[Photographs: Left: NRAO/AUI/NSF, K. Golap, M. Goss; NASA’s Wide Field Survey Explorer (WISE); right: Tracy Colson]
Behold the Manatee Nebula (officially named W50), a cloud formed by the remnants of a 20,000-year-old supernova that happens to resemble a manatee floating on its back. More information from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory:
This video from the NRAO goes into more detail about how the nebula was formed.
Optically bright astronomical objects, those visible to the eye and optical telescopes, often are nicknamed for their earthly likenesses, such as the Whirlpool Galaxy and Owl Nebula. Invisible W50 comes by its less catchy name by being the 50th radio source listed in the Westerhout Catalog, assembled in 1958 by Dutch astronomer, Gart Westerhout.
When the VLA’s giant W50 image reached the NRAO Director’s office, Heidi Winter, the Director’s Executive Assistant, saw the likeness to a manatee, the endangered marine mammals known as “sea cows” that congregate in warm waters in the southeastern United States.
Florida Manatees are gentle giants that average around 10 feet long, weigh over 1000 pounds, and spend up to eight hours a day grazing on sea plants. They occupy the remainder of their day resting, often on their backs with their flippers crossed over their large bellies, in a pose closely resembling W50.
Dangerous encounters with boat propellers injure many of these curious herbivores, giving them deep, curved scars similar in appearance to the arcs made by the powerful jets on the large W50 remnant.
What I learned from Manatee University Strategic Planning: I’ll read anything if it’s written on top of a manatee photo.
Ceramic Baby Manatee Sculpture ($46)
Manatee Nugget is watching you.
If you’ve got a whole lot of nothing on your wall, slap on a MANATEE XING crossing sign ($5.24).
Then get ready for the manatees to come.
…At least I think that’s how the sign works.
“Blubsy posesses [sic] the superpowers of happiness, strength and magic.”
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Ooh, manatee-shaped baby teething toy ($10.50)! Or a manatee who got hit by a cannon ball cartoon-style.