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Animal: Florida Manatee
Location: Florida, United States of America



Feel the clarity of diving into Florida's cool spring water with Florida Manatees as you peer into this image.  Florida might be known for its warm weather and sunny beaches during the summer, but the winter temperature chills the Florida ecosystem.  As water temperatures start to dip below 70°F Florida Manatees struggle to survive. To seek refuge, Manatees every winter congregate in the warm Florida Springs that flow with a constant 72°F temperature. 

On a chilly winter morning in Florida, I paddled my raft up river to an area where Manatees congregate.  While I was docking my boat on the side of the river, I could see Manatees swimming by.  Our bodies loose heat extremely fast underwater, and in order to stay in the water for hours I fought my way to get into a thick and tight 7mm wetsuit.  As I jumped into the river, I could feel the cool water fill my wetsuit giving me an immediate chill until the water between my skin and wetsuit warmed up from my body heat.

As I swam in the river I finally reached the entrance of the spring.  Swimming into the crystal clear channel where the springs arose from was like swimming against a jet in a hot tub.  After fighting the current I reached an enclave where a large sea cow was swimming.  Manatees need to breathe air like you and me, so when I notice the manatee get close to the surface I exhaled my breath sinking slowly to the bottom to capture the Manatee and its reflection against the surface of the water.  This moment shows why Mother Nature is truly the greatest artist of us all.

Each photo captured has a deep and intricate backstory, articulated above, that is printed alongside your print to give you the full behind the scenes look for each fine art photograph you purchase.


Print Options


Acrylic Print: unmatched resolution, clarity, Dmax, vibrancy, and an unrivaled 3D perspective when observing the final product

What is an Acrylic print?  An Acrylic print is one of the highest quality prints money can buy.  It is the most popular medium purchased from us is our acrylic print identical to photos hanging in art museums due to the look and feel of the image appearing backlit.  Acrylic prints are a higher quality medium compared to the more common, and lesser quality, metal prints.  Acrylic come ready to hang with a built- in wall mount and require no frame.

Thomas only uses the highest quality print engineers in the industry to ensure standout prints by relying on proprietary methods superior to all other printers.  

Surface coat options: Both options offer UV protection, however the different surface coats will optimize your viewing experience depending on where you want to hang our print.  

Clear surface coatis best used in controlled environments with special lighting, or in an area with low glare from sources like windows.  Clear enhances your viewing experience in these environments by maximizing the 3D effect making the image appear backlit.  

UV surface coatis best used in areas with an uncontrollable lighting environment, such as placing the print near bright windows. 

Heavyweight Photo Paper: vivid colors, deep rich blacks, and brilliant bright whites give an authentic and impressive feeling when looking at the final product

What is the heavyweight photo paper? Heavyweight photo paper is like you traditional medium you know and are accustomed to, but ours is much more.  We only use high quality and color calibrated paper and printers to ensure an accurate and lifelike final product.  Tailored to each specific image, we determine which of our papers yields the most pleasing results.  The papers we normally use are: Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster, Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl Paper, Kodak Endura Metallic Paper, and Ilford Pearl Paper. 


Although our print engineering time is shorter than the time Thomas spends in the field, there is still a short shipping delay.  Due to the detail and laborious process in creating your Acrylic print, your order may not ship out to you until fifteen days after you place your order.    

Heavyweight photo paper orders ship less than five days after your order is placed.

Other Information 

Refunds are only offered if the print is damaged on arrival and reported no later than 15 days after delivery. You may be charged customs duties and taxes for this print.