Manatee swimming in the clear water of Blue Springs Run in Florida's Blue Springs State Park.
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The native Florida manatee is one of two sub species of the West Indian manatee, the other being the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus.
The core of the Florida manatee's range is Florida where they concentrate during the winter in the warmer water near power plants and in spring runs. During the summer months they wander throughout the southeastern United States. The Antillean manatee can be found from Mexico, throughout the Caribbean islands and down to Brazil. Manatees are Federally listed as threatened and endangered by the state of Florida.
(Species description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
March 30th, 2015
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