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West Indian Manatee

Trichechus manatus


2.7-3.5 meters long, weighs 200-600 kg. Females are generally larger than males. They have no hind limbs and have a pelage cover that is sparsely distributed across the body, which may play a role in reducing the build up of algae on their thick skin.


West Indies, Caribbean; usually in shallow coastal areas, shallow rivers, estuaries


Agile in water, docile. Feeds on sea grasses, some fish, and small invertebrates. Conservation status is vulnerable.

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1 Comment

hernandezwolf99 7 years ago

Was this in the Miami seaquarium because that manatee looks familiar to me

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Florida, USA

Spotted on May 6, 2013
Submitted on May 7, 2013

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