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, Sisters Spring, Alex Mustard, Deep Blue Sea, Alex O'Loughlin, Three Sisters
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Swimming with Manatees (USA). 'These lumbering, intelligent creatures seek Florida’s warm-water springs and rivers each winter, and many places offer the chance to snorkel beside them as they chew sea grass and nuzzle their children. Top of the list, though, is Kings Bay, near Crystal River on the Gulf Coast, where upwards of 500 may gather on a cold January day.'
A manatee drinking fresh water from a hose. These sea cows, known as gentle giants, live in shallow waters in the lagoons of Brevard County, FL
A manatee swims in a freshwater spring in Crystal River, Florida. Manatees struggle for survival as the result of a gantlet of threats, from watercraft strikes to toxins in the water. The most serious threat, however, is the loss of warm water due to habitat loss.