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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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WEST INDIAN MANATEE
Endangered Florida species
U.S. Threatened species
The native Florida manatee is one of two sub species of the West Indian manatee, the other being the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus.
The core of the Florida manatee's range is Florida where they concentrate during the winter in the warmer water near power plants and in spring runs. During the summer months they wander throughout the southeastern United States. The Antillean manatee can be found from Mexico, throughout the Caribbean islands and down to Brazil.
Collisions with motorboats is one of the major causes of injury and death of these large marine mammals. For more information on manatees, visit Save the Manatee Club. Federal listing for manatees was lowered from endangered to threatened in March 2017.