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Manatees are such gentle giants. This page features the manatee photographs that are available as Manatee photo prints.
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West Indian Manatee
Latin Name: Trichechus manatus
Once mistaken for mermaids by lonely sailors, slow-moving manatees roam coastal waterways in the Southeastern United States. So do ships and fast-moving recreational boats, which injure and kill dozens of these endangered animals each year. In fact, most manatees in Florida bear scars or deformities from being run over by boats and cut by boat propellers.
These gentle giants, which range in length from 10 to 12 feet and weight between 1,000 and 1,800 pounds, inhabit rivers, springs, bays, estuaries and canals. They propel themselves with fore-flippers and a large, paddle-shaped tail, feeding on submerged and floating plants. Related species of manatees swim the waters of Puerto Rico and coastal areas of the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Nicknamed 'marching molars', Manatees constantly replace their teeth. New teeth form at the back of a Manatees jaw, and as teeth wear down and eventually fall out, the new molars move forward.
Threats to Manatees
Although no longer hunted for their meat, oil, and tough hide, they are still endangered by humans. Listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, Florida manatees number about 3,500 individuals. These fairly large, slow-moving animals should be easy to see, yet power boats pose their greatest threat —killing as many as 80 and injuring countless others each year. They also become entangled in trash in the ocean and die, or become sickened when they eat it. And they can be crushed in flood gates and canal locks. In the last decade, manatee mortality averaged over 200 individuals per year, of which 60 to 80 were killed by speedboaters. Recently, annual deaths have risen to more than 300 a year.