Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, endangered. A male manatee calf rubs snouts with his affectionate mother near a warm water spring vent. The mother and this older calf have a close bond. Horizontal orientation. The pair is floating in the warm blue freshwater of Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA.
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