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Trichechus manatus


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.


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


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 days ago

absolutely awsome

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 weeks ago

Thanks to all so much !

Mattia_Zagami 2 weeks ago


DDO 12 months ago


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 a year ago

So cute


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.

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


manuelacid1 a year ago


jazmink1 a year ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Karen And BYP !

venusflytrap2000 2 years ago


KarenL 2 years ago

Congrats Gerardo, your spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog

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 2 years ago

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

sanmiggums 2 years ago


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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