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West Indian Manatee

Trichechus manatus


Manatees are large, gray marine mammals. In Florida, they are threatened by boat propellers. Almost all manatees have scars from encounters with boats. Manatees are endangered. This particular manatee was in a group of a least four others.


Coastal waters around Florida and the west Indies.


Manatees are largely sedentary. They can grow algae and barnacles on their backs.

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Matt M
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Matt M

Vero Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 17, 2013

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