manatees

04-manatees-swim-close-to-surface-670Manatees swim close to the water’s surface because they are air-breathing mammals. They use their stiff facial bristles to guide food into their mouths.

08-propeller-scars-mark-manatees-670Propeller scars mark this manatee—graphic evidence of a too-close encounter with a boat. About one in four of Florida’s 360 manatee deaths in 2012 resulted from collisions. Slow-speed zones help, but some boaters resent the restrictions.

01-florida-manatee-670Manatees in Florida by Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen

Source: Nat’l Geo

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