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Antillean Manatee

Trichechus manatus


I was taking some pictures of Hawkbill turtles when this friendly giant almost body slams me while trying to investigate me. I followed him for like 30 min . He was so curious about me he pushed me a couple of times (gently) and he went belly up super close to me like looking for a belly rub like a puppy. He got bored of me so he swam to shore to where the people was. Almost everyone got scared( ignorance), but a few kids did not. The manatee sat in hes tail and just stayed looking at the kids for like 10 min. The kids did not harassed the manatee at all! When he got bored with the kids he just gently swam away.


West coast of Puerto Rico


They use their fins as foot to walk underwater and to take food into their mouth. One can hear them chewing their food underwater.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Wow! I just saw the video. Is a very nice encounter that I would love to have one day!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

I love Manatees! Great series and story!

Wonderful series, story and video!

staccyh 10 years ago

Nice shots and great story too!

Anne Marie McCaffrey
Anne Marie McCaffrey 10 years ago

What an incredible experience!

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Miradero, Puerto Rico, USA

Spotted on Oct 7, 2013
Submitted on Oct 7, 2013

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