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Manatee

A manatee, also known as a 'seacow.' These air-breathing

herbivores are listed as a federally endangered species. Manatees are slow-moving and therefore unable to swim quickly away from boats; this often results in collisions that may cause injury or death to the creatures. In areas that are known manatee habitats, "no-wake" signs are posted requiring boaters to slow

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Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

 

NOAA's National Ocean Service

 

(Original source: NOS Image Gallery)

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Taken on March 10, 2011