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. An adult manatee has substantial tail scars and lacerations. It is trying to stay warm in the blue freshwater natural springs. The manatee appears to be kicking up some sand and most likely foraging or digging with its snout. Horizontal orientation with blue water. Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA.
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