Quiet Existence

Perhaps too self-conscience, with wrinkled, shiny like gray vinyl skin. She knows. The weight. It puts a strain on her back yet she glides silently, hangs almost unseen in dim, murky places. Her awkward walk goes unnoticed by the crowd. Health conscience, she prefers only fresh, salt-free salad grass. Her rare beauty appreciated only by her sensitive guardian, the one who sports a pink shirt.

Amazonian
Manatees and pink dolphins
Almost seen as ghosts

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(Photo credit: laquoiboniste)

Inspiration: Yer Pirate’s Līgo Haībun Challenge ~ Prompt **South America**. I have to admit, this was a tough prompt! Luckily, the DVD: Last Chance to See: Animals on the Verge of Extinction was available at the public library and saved the day. Yay!

Take up the challenge and join us every week…your creative self will love you. :p

Just if you want to know:

♥ The Amazonian manatee are also called the Ghosts of the Amazon. Once plentiful, these gentle “sea cows” have dwindled and are rarely seen in the wild. In the DVD, zoologist and wildlife photographer, Mark Carwardine, hoped to spot a manatee in the wild. Unfortunately, he only filmed orphaned manatees held in captivity to be released once they recovered from poacher’s wounds. These manatees live only in fresh water and can walk using their long front flippers on the bottom of the river floor.

♥ The Amazon dolphin appears to grow pinker when excited. It is found in fresh water and facing extinction. Legend has it that to find a manatee in the wild, one must first make peace with its guardian, the pink dolphin.

Are there practical solutions to help stop the demise of these gentle animals living quietly in the Amazon?

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25 thoughts on “Quiet Existence

    • Sunshine says:

      uh, i am not quite sure what you mean about user name in the credits a link…if you are asking about the photo, it is linked back to the artist mentioned. it is a Flickr collection photo, one i used simply to illustrate my Haibun.
      thank you for your time and i enjoyed your beautiful photograph collection. peace ♥

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    • Sunshine says:

      hey, Anne. thank you, actually, i almost posted without a photo but happen this one nudged its way in. pushy little thing! ha ha
      thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts…really appreciate it. ♥

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    • Sunshine says:

      indirectly, we probably all have our hands stained somehow just by the way we have been brought up…like i was not aware there were any manatees or dolphins in the Amazon, much less their dwindling numbers!
      i appreciate your work helping at least some animals finding assistance. thanks, Susan. 🙂

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  1. Kozo says:

    Sunshine, Your post made my heart cringe. I can’t imagine these gentle, PEACEFUL creatures nearing extinction. Somehow this is a sign of the times. Save these friends and keep peace alive. Thank you for alerting us of this danger. {{{Hugs}}}Kozo

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    • Sunshine says:

      it is really sad, Kozo. did you know the poachers use the baby manatees to lure the adult manatees from hiding by wounding the babies. when the adults hear the cries for help, the adults surface and of course captured. the babies are left behind. some babies are found by rescuers who nurse them back to health. both the dolphins and manatees use to be abundant in the Amazon. now one rarely finds them…well, i guess, ironically, the poachers find them. worse, the poachers are usually poor people just trying to make ends meet. this is how sad it is. thanks for reading and i know you 🙂 will find some creative way to help these peaceful animals.♥

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    • Sunshine says:

      as i wrote this piece, it reminded me of your unique way of telling stories…of course, i did not get near to your great magnitude of writing. thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      yes, Maddy!! i already sent a message to Kozo and now you, 1EarthUnited…Amazonian manatees and dolphins calling for help! if you have not watched the Last Chance to See DVD, you must! it is WOW!
      thank you, sweet one! peace + love ♥

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    • Sunshine says:

      in the documentary, the zoologist could not find any wild manatees in the Amazon. he had to go to a refuge center to film them. so sad that their numbers are dwindling. it must have been nice to see them over in Florida. 🙂
      thank you, Bjorn. i appreciate you reading and sharing.

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    • Sunshine says:

      yes, like your son and his generation, IT. i want him to be able to see what an Amazon manatee looks like…not just find them in books. maybe as we all become more aware of the problems the Amazon area is facing, more help can begin before it is too late!!

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