Unintentional Benefits…..

30 March 2024

During our recent visit to the Manatee Park in Ft. Meyers, Florida, I was reminded that sometimes humans help animals without planning to.  I’m not talking about rescues or programs, just plain old human activities that benefit animals without even trying. 

Granted, most of the time humans exploit animals, and it would be easy for me to list the many ways that humans impact animal life in a negative way…….but the story of the power plant and the Manatee Park in Ft. Meyers is the perfect example of animals using humans as a tool for survival.

I’ll explain:  The power plant in Ft. Meyers was developed for humans. The plant discharges heated water into the canal that leads to the open ocean.  Somewhere in time, Manatees discovered that the warm water in the canals helped them survive if the water in the ocean became too cold for them to thrive during the winter. 

Another example from my own experience, is from when Jim and I worked on cruise ships.  We noticed that birds were flying right outside our cabin window while we were out at sea.  Our rooms were very high at the top and at the bow (front) of the ship.  The birds would cruise along right beside us, looking down.  Then they would swoop down to the ocean and scoop up the flying fish that were skimming out of the ship’s way.  The birds were using the ship as a tool to catch fish.

That’s just two that come to mind.  Let me know if you have observed a way that animals have benefited from unintentional human activity…….

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  1. Posted by: David Burgess

    Hello,you guys sound like your always trying to enjoy the journey along the way as you tour.And the memories are forever of course.I like reading your monthly updates and your blog as well.You mentioned a place in your travels this past month that I hope you took a picture or two,as we will have to wait to see the fantastic Francis Scott Key bridge took that terrible hit. As we travel through the country,you never know what places you will find in the news,and say wow we were just there.Of course they will rebuild one day I’m sure soon,and I hope they build it back obviously honoring those that perished,but with a tribute in design and architecture to the great anthem of its namesake honoring our great country.

  2. Posted by: Peter J Pothier ie Jon Pierre

    Yes, God built into creatures the instinct for food source and survival. I find it always delightful to observe His creatures at work. Blessings

  3. Posted by: Joan Rogers & Amy Murtaugh

    Hi Anne. John Denver wrote a song entitled “Eclipse”. Perhaps you may want to share with fans at one of Jim’s future concerts. It’s a pretty song and expresses John’s concern for Mother Earth.

  4. Posted by: Anne

    Yes indeed he did! Eclipse is a beautiful song. Good suggestion!

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