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Trichechus manatus latirostris
The springs in our area are 72 degrees year-round, so the manatees love it. They are especially attracted to the Crystal River/Homosassa area because our power plant warms the waters and attracts them. They then swim up the rivers into our springs. The wildlife park allows in wild manatees and has a few captive ones that must remain in the park because of their injuries.
Fresh water at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Spotted on Dec 26, 2014
Submitted on Dec 31, 2014