Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, endangered. A series of manatees gathering near the warm springs during the bitter cold period of early January 2010. Many manatees gather and try and stay warm around the warm blue freshwater of the natural springheads. One of the male manatees is floating with warm sun rays on his back. Manatees need these natural warm springs to survive cold weather, like today. Horizontal orientation with blue water and many manatees with reflection and warming sun rays. Some fish, bream, Lepomis spp. are visible in the background. Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA.
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