Two manatee surfacing to breathe in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Note scar on back of one manatee from boat propeller. For more information on manatees visit http://www.fws.gov/northflorida/manatee/manatees.htm
Manatee playing with a crab trap line in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Trap lines pose a common danger of entrapment for manatee.
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Christopher Columbus was the first European to report seeing a manatee in the New World. To Columbus, and other sailors who had been at sea for a long time, manatees were reminiscent of mermaids—the mythical half-fish, half-woman creatures of the...