| Video |

Sirenia Shadows, a Short Film That Makes Manatees Look Pretty (Video)

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Manatees are ugly creatures. They're all pudgy and grey, with a face like a cross between Wilford Brimley and the Elephant Man. Yes, they're precious and valuable life forms, and it sucks that they're endangered. (Don't email us, hippies.) Maybe -- maybe -- you could argue that they're so ugly that it comes back around to cute, like the bulldogs of the sea.

Still, you've gotta admit, they're called "sea cows" for a reason.

So South African design studio Built By Wildman has really done the impossible with its short film, Sirenia Shadows. The team shot underwater footage of endangered West Indian manatees in the Crystal River on Florida's west coast, north of Tampa. The serene images they captured, along with a spa-like soundtrack, make its manatee subjects look like elegant, majestic creatures.

Watch the video after the jump, and you'll never look at manatees the same way again.

Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.