Endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus), Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

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    Photo credit: Keith Ramos

    Manatee resting at Three Sisters Springs (Crystal River NWR) while shading over a school of mangrove snappers.

    The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. This unique refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeveloped habitat in Kings Bay, which forms the headwaters of the Crystal River. The refuge preserves the warm water spring havens, which provide critical habitat for the manatee populations that migrate here each winter.

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    1. warchildbosnia 33 months ago | reply

      This is an amazing photo. Thank you so for using a cc license. I've used this photo in my article, How to Help Protect Endangered Species.

    2. everydaydreamholiday.com 27 months ago | reply

      We're big fans of manatees / dugong support. We used this in our article about visiting a marine sanctuary in Belize.Please let us know if you would like anything different done with the attribution. And thanks for sharing with Creative Commons!

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