Manatees 'Observe' Circling School of Jack Fish in Florida

Michael McCarthy of See Through Canoe was boating in St. Petersberg, Florida, when he launched a drone to observe a passing school of jack fish and a group of manatees on February 28.

The drone footage shows the jack fish as they swam in circles, a technique often used by schools of fish protect themselves against predators, gain feeding advantages, and for more efficient swimming.

After the fish circle for a few moments, some manatees swim into the frame from different directions and appear to observe the fish and their movements.

A few moments later, one of the manatees swims into the circle formation, causing a slight disruption in the otherwise uniform school of fish.

“One of the manatees looked like he was going to join in,” McCarthy told Storyful. Credit: Michael McCarthy via Storyful