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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...
Fact sheets about marine mammals and the Marine Mammals Protection Act (MMPA). These animals include whales,dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, walrus,polar bears, sea and marine otters, dugongs, and manatees.
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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