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Florida’s Gentle Giants - Manatees (often known as Sea Cows) are one of Florida’s most endangered creatures and few remain in the local waters. An aquatic relative of the Elephant, they can grow up to thirteen feet and are often referred to as ‘Gentle Giants’. These animals are endangered despite the fact that they have little or no predators, this is due to the fact that they are often injured by boats or polluted waters. Usually found grazing on seagrasses in the shallow waters (at depths of 1-2 meters) these harmless animals can become trapped between the water bottom and the bottom of boats that have entered the shallow waters. Underwater Photographers, Photographers Alex, Buckets Lists, Crystals Rivers, Manatee, Sisters Spring, Friends Manat, Deep Blue Sea, Three Sisters
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Manatee! My friend and I spent over an hour crying at Sea World when we were five after we found out they were endangered.