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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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145 Comments (1–25)

Julius Fairbanks
Julius Fairbanks 5 months ago

absolutely awsome

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 months ago

Thanks to all so much !

Mattia_Zagami
Mattia_Zagami 5 months ago

beautiful

DDO
DDO a year ago

awesome!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B a year ago

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

HazelMarley
HazelMarley a year ago

So cute

Thanks

shebebusynow
shebebusynow a year 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 2 years ago

Thanks so much Lee !

Lee Williams
Lee Williams 2 years ago

really neat video.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Mona, Manuela and Jazmin !

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 2 years ago

awesome..

manuelacid1
manuelacid1 2 years ago

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

jazmink1
jazmink1 2 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Karen And BYP !

venusflytrap2000
venusflytrap2000 2 years ago

wonderful!

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

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

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 2 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Joshua :)

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 2 years ago

Wow nice Gerardo! beautiful pictures.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Ken that is right !
Thanks Sanmiggums!

KenCheeks
KenCheeks 2 years ago

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

sanmiggums
sanmiggums 2 years ago

Cool

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Aaron and Satyen :):)

Wild Things
Wild Things 2 years ago

Congrats again buddy!

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Lat: 20.85, Long: -86.88

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

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