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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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149 Comments (1–25)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 months ago

Thanks to all, I appreciated so much, Yes this are remoras James
Well playa del Carmen is surrounding by nature so going to the cenotes is a good place to see wildlife dcslaugh

dcslaugh
dcslaugh 11 months ago

Nice Manatee! We have them here in Florida too. I will be going to Playa in QR this month! Any suggestions on where to go to take pictures? Hay sugerencias en donde hay sitios buenos para sacar fotos de la naturaleza en Playa del Carmen?

Daniel R Hughes
Daniel R Hughes 11 months ago

amazing video and great shots I had no clue remoras hitched rides on manatees the manatee is a very pretty creature.

James McNair
James McNair 11 months ago

Wonderful video, was that Remoras on its belly?

Julius Fairbanks
Julius Fairbanks a year ago

absolutely awsome

Thanks to all so much !

Mattia_Zagami
Mattia_Zagami a year ago

beautiful

DDO
DDO 2 years ago

awesome!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 2 years ago

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

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 2 years ago

So cute

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 2 years 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.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 3 years ago

Thanks so much Lee !

Lee Williams
Lee Williams 3 years ago

really neat video.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 3 years ago

Thanks Mona, Manuela and Jazmin !

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 3 years ago

awesome..

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 3 years ago

Thanks Karen And BYP !

venusflytrap2000
venusflytrap2000 3 years ago

wonderful!

KarenL
KarenL 3 years ago

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

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 3 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 3 years ago

Thanks Joshua :)

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 3 years ago

Wow nice Gerardo! beautiful pictures.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 3 years ago

Thanks Ken that is right !
Thanks Sanmiggums!

KenCheeks
KenCheeks 3 years ago

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

sanmiggums
sanmiggums 3 years ago

Cool

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

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

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