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Manatee

Trichechus manatus

Description:

Photo take at -30 ft very near to a Caribbean reef. Spotting at 11.45 am today, about 1km from the coast. This is to me the spotting of a life time. You can see a Remora attach to it, amazing. Is a large, bulky aquatic mammal with flipper forelimbs and a spatula-shaped tail. Manatees can grow to 4 mt in length and weigh up to 1000 kg. They may live to 50-60 years old.

Habitat:

Inhabit warm waters of the Western Atlantic from Florida to Brazil, they live in coastal waters, freshwater inlets, and river mouths.

Notes:

Manatees are ENDANGERED SPECIES close to the limits, seen it today in a natural environment give me hope for this amazing creature. I still in shock.

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142 Comments (1–25)

DDO
DDO 7 months ago

awesome!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 months ago

I was looking through the "popular" spottings and saw this one again. The video of the manatee "walking" is just wonderful!

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 9 months ago

So cute

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 months ago

Thanks

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 10 months ago

The video makes me realize, more than stills have in the past, how these creatures could ever be mistaken for 'mermaids'. There is an eerie human-quality to the way their head and appendages move. And those 'friend fish' hanging so close are amazing! I wonder what the dugongs think of them.

Thanks so much Lee !

Lee Williams
Lee Williams a year ago

really neat video.

Thanks Mona, Manuela and Jazmin !

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih a year ago

awesome..

manuelacid1
manuelacid1 a year ago

cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jazmink1
jazmink1 a year ago

Lovely, It is beautiful and very nice! CONGRATS!!!!!

Thanks Karen And BYP !

venusflytrap2000
venusflytrap2000 a year ago

wonderful!

KarenL
KarenL a year ago

Congrats Gerardo, your spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/4641997...

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart a year ago

Amazing sighting Gerardo, you are very fortunate to see so many beautiful creatures where you live.

Thanks Joshua :)

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel a year ago

Wow nice Gerardo! beautiful pictures.

Thanks Ken that is right !
Thanks Sanmiggums!

KenCheeks
KenCheeks a year ago

You get a few of these experiences in a lifetime....maybe. Congrats on an amazing spotting.

sanmiggums
sanmiggums a year ago

Cool

Thanks Aaron and Satyen :):)

Wild Things
Wild Things a year ago

Congrats again buddy!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G a year ago

I've seen this in the feed countless times and I finally looked at the entire series. I think it's interesting that the manatee has a couple of remoras hanging around underneath it. Great work, Gerardo. :-)

Thanks Jacob and Rieko :)

RiekoS
RiekoS a year ago

Congratulations Gerardo!!!! I am really excited.

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

Spotted on Feb 8, 2012
Submitted on Feb 8, 2012

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