West Indian manatees

West Indian manatees

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Credit: RUDIGER LEHNEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Group of manatees. West Indian manatees or sea cows (Trichechus manatus). Manatees are aquatic mammals: this species inhabits rivers, estuaries and coastal waters throughout the Caribbean and feeds on plants in salt and freshwater. Although usually solitary, a strong bond develops between mating adults and between a mother and her calf. Manatees were mistaken for humans by early explorers, giving rise to tales of mythical mermaids and mermen. Photographed in Crystal River, Florida, USA.

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Keywords: animal, aquatic, crystal river, florida, herd, mammal, manatee, nature, river, sea cow, underwater, usa, wildlife, zoology

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