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West Indian Manatee

Trichechus manatus


Manatee we passed while canoeing along Weeki Wachee river in Florida. This manatee was a mother grazing in the gass while her pup was a little farther up river. Unfortunately, I was not able to capture a photo of the pup.


Manatees can be found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, saltwater bays, canals, and coastal areas. Especially in areas with an abundance of sea grass or freshwater vegetation.


--Manatee are an endangered species-- Manatees are killed in the hundreds every year. The leading cause of death is wounds inflicted through boats/propellers striking manatees.

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1 Comment

Julius Fairbanks
Julius Fairbanks 5 years ago

great pictures i have seen some manatees around that area as well

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 22, 2015
Submitted on Mar 8, 2015

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