Encounterd this beauty while taking a trip to Meriit Island Florida back in 2014.
Two mom-calf pairs. Both moms had dramatically large white boat-strike scars on their backs.
Mom's name is Agnes - her calf was born in June last year in the park. Still nursing. Agnes surprised a snorkeler.
They gather here in the warm water each winter
Is an endangered species and protected in Dominican Republic.
He was ashore and in bad health conditions. He died after few hours after been rescued. They made autopsy in National Aquarium discovering that he was drowned.
Manatees! This guy showed up while we were scuba diving in Crystal River, Florida. After a quick belly rub she was on her way. These massive creatures are pretty typical for Floridian waters, but we were lucky enough the see many in one day!
See from NPS Visitor Center walkway overlook.
Our first stop on the boat tour of Gale's Point Wildlife Sanctuary was a little warm spring in the middle of the lagoon where a whole bunch of West Indian Manatees hang out. There were four or five of them right near where our guide had dropped anchor, and they would surface quite frequently. It was tough to get photos, though, because they'd only come up for a couple seconds at a time. This is the tip of one's nose, but occasionally we'd also see a tail or a fin.
Boat landing at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
One of five different manatees viewed while canoeing in February, two of which were juveniles.