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The Florida Manatee

The manatee, or sea cow, is one of the world's most unusual and fascinating animals. It is a creature of legend as much as fact.

When Christopher Columbus sighted a manatee in 1493, he mistook the docile, dumpy-looking manatee for a mermaid.


Today, we know quite a bit more about the manatee's true nature than Columbus did.



Where to See Manatees


Manatee Picture - Manatee Photo Gallery

How Long Have Manatees Been Around?

Why Were Manatees Mistaken for Mermaids

Manatees and Elephants: Close Cousins

The Manatee--Where Did Its Name Come From?

How Long do Manatees Live?

Why Manatees Became Endangered

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