The Florida Manatee
(Trichechus manatus latirostrus)
Photo/Text by Donna Malloy
The Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostrus). Closely related to the elephant, the manatee is Florida’s state marine mammal. Also called “Gentle Giants,” the slow moving manatees are herbivorous and adult males spend from 6 to 8 hours eating vegetation and the rest of the day traveling and resting, like these manatees in Key West, FL.
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