So I have a few minutes in between work and my first class, so I decided to upload a couple of shots of the manatee model I've been working on. It's a pretty basic model, but it's also my first. If the game actually turns out nicely I can always go back in and redo certain assets when I'm better at Maya or know an artist willing to help out. Furthermore, I found out that at Sea World they feed their manatees a variety of vegetation including lettuce, spinach, and cabbage. So I guess I could have cabbage collection as a component of my game and not give false impressions of what manatees eat. However, the jellyfish idea definitely isn't realistic because manatees have no natural predators.
If you notice in the picture above, I got the skin attached to the bones, which means that I can move my model now. Hopefully I'll be able to post a clip of some animations next week. Right before I posted this I was watching manatee videos so I could have a better sense of how they naturally move, which roughly equates into me loving my job.