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West Indian Manatee

Trichechus manatus

Description:

Mother and calf. They came up right next to my kayak. Manatees are very friendly and curious, often rubbing up on kayaks or even people they encounter

Habitat:

These manatees were originally attracted to the area because of the warm waters from the power plant. They go up the freshwater rivers to our springs, which stay close to 72 degrees year-round. Our community had to fight to protect the springs they stay in during the winter, as a developer proposed building condos around it.

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2 Comments

Machi
Machi 6 years ago

No. I didn't see any propeller scarring. Those red things are just leaves in the water.

Loonszeto
Loonszeto 6 years ago

Is it injured?

Machi
Spotted by
Machi

Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 20, 2010
Submitted on May 30, 2014

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