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Florida Manatee In Shallow Water

It's difficult to see how the manatee could have have ever been mistaken for a beautiful mermaid. A manatee's jowled face with spiked hairs is almost like that of a walrus. The walrus head is attached to a sausage-like body with a broad beaver's tail attached at the end.

A strange combination of shapes but the manatee has a very streamlined body. It usually cruises at about 2 mph but their broad tail can generate brief spurts up to 15 mph.


Manatee Feeding At The Surface ©M. Timothy O'Keefe  www.FloridaWildlifeViewing.com


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