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Manatees inhabit shallow waters all along Florida's costal and intracostal waterways. Being very curious creatures they investigate their environment often while floating and exercising their prehensile snout, as this manatee is doing. This is a peek at an undisturbed, natural behavior while this manatee winters in the freshwater springs. Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, endangered. Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA. IUCN Red List: Endangered. USFWS implemented downlisting to Threatened 2017: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22106/0. Taken under USFWS SUP Permit.
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Carol Grant, Citrus County, Crystal River, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Sirenia, Sirenians, Three Sisters Spring, Trichechus manatus latirostris, endangered, herbivores, manatees, marine mammals, oceangrant.com, sea cows, springs, underwater, underwater photography, www.oceangrant.com, ©CGrant, ©Carol Grant
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