Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, endangered. A mother takes her calf to forage in the submerged tree roots near the perimeter of the springs. Manatees will rub their snouts on the roots and may also scrape root covers for a snack when there is no other food available in the area. The warm freshwater springs do not contain much food for manatees. Fish, bream, Lepomis spp. are present around the mother and calf. Manatees tolerate the bream attention as it is the price to pay for sharing the warm waters. Bream target dermis and dead skin on the manatees Horizontal orientation with blue spring water. Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA.
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