Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, endangered. A manatee rests on its back surrounded by fish, bream, Lepomis spp. The manatee is tolerating the fish attention as it is the price to pay for sharing the warm waters. The bream are targeting dermis and dead skin. This relaxed manatee doesn't seem to be bothered by anything. Vertical orientation with blue water. Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA.
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