Globally Vulnerable (VU) (Source: IUCN Red List)

Classification
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  • English
    • West Indian Manatee
  • Scientific Names
    • Trichechus manatus
    • Trichecus manatus
  • French
    • Lamantin
    • Lamantin D'Amerique Do Nord
    • Lamantin Des Antilles
    • Lamantin Des Caraibes
  • Spanish
    • Manati
    • Lamantino Norteamericana
    • Manati Norteamerican
    • Manati Antilliano
    • Manatí­ del Caribe
  • Portuguese
    • Peixe-boi-marinho
    • Manatim-marinho
    • Manatim-das-antilhas

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Recent observations

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What

West Indian Manatee Trichechus manatus

Observer

eirikralexandros

Date

November 23, 2010 01:43 PM EST

Place

Colombia (Google, OSM)

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What

Florida Manatee Trichechus manatus ssp. latirostris

Observer

dremsen

Date

September 16, 2016

Description

Transcribed - not sighted. HARWICH PORT — The manatee that has bounced along the Nantucket Sound coast for nearly four weeks has been making itself at home in Saquatucket Harbor for the past few days, but it already seems to be on the move.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been monitoring the manatee and are formulating a plan with the New England Aquarium to “stabilize” the animal, said CT Harry, assistant stranding coordinator with IFAW. IFAW was also working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to assess the manatee’s condition, he said.
On Friday, IFAW had a confirmed report of the manatee off Dowses Beach in Osterville, said Brian Sharp, the manager of IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team.
This is the first report outside of Saquatucket Harbor in days, Sharp said, and not having the mammal in a single place may make monitoring and, if needed, a rescue effort more complicated.
Manatees are normally found off Florida and don’t do well with water temperatures cooler than 68 degrees. The water was about 70 to 72 degrees on Tuesday, Harry said.
The Harwich harbormaster has put up signs warning boaters about the manatee, which has made the harbor one of its main stomping grounds. It has also been previously reported at Dowses Beach in Osterville, and Oyster Pond and near Mill Pond, both in Chatham.
Saquatucket Dockmaster Thomas Telesmanick has seen the massive mammal moving around from the east side to the west side of the harbor for the past few days.
“It was just snoozing and floating around, coming up for air,” Telesmanick said Thursday. This summer’s sighting has been the first time Telesmanick has seen a manatee in Cape waters, he said.
On Friday afternoon, Ryan Collins, a fisherman who runs the My Fishing Cape Cod website, was fishing for albacore tuna in the water just east of Craigville Beach.
“I looked to the left and see this big dark mass,” Collins said. It was the manatee. “It passed by 3 feet in front of me.”
Collins went ashore and with a handful of other people followed it along the beach.
“He was very docile and didn’t seem to mind having people look at him,” he said. “I was curious if it was the same one.”
That thought also crossed the minds of IFAW officials, but it appears that the manatee had just shed some of the algae, Sharp said.
This isn’t the first time a manatee has been seen off the Cape. In 2008, a manatee dubbed Dennis died after rescuers tried to transport him back to Florida by van.

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What

West Indian Manatee Trichechus manatus

Date

April 7, 2009

Place

México (Google, OSM)

Description

Manatí varado en un llano de inundación cerca de la laguna Pedernales, Catazajá, Chiapas. El animal rescatado por lugareños y autoridades fue liberado en el río Usumacinta.

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What

West Indian Manatee Trichechus manatus

Date

August 1, 2009

Description

Manatí observado en el río Chacamax, muy cerca de la cabecera municipal de La Libertad, Chiapas.

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What

West Indian Manatee Trichechus manatus

Observer

frizaguirre

Date

September 25, 2014 12:00 AM EDT

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What

West Indian Manatee Trichechus manatus

Observer

oscarvet

Date

August 8, 2015 12:51 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Manatí en México

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What

Florida Manatee Trichechus manatus ssp. latirostris

Observer

tico

Date

September 1, 2016 12:07 PM EDT

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Florida Manatee Trichechus manatus ssp. latirostris

Observer

goldsmithe17

Date

June 16, 2015 01:35 PM EDT

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What

Florida Manatee Trichechus manatus ssp. latirostris

Observer

superduperwren

Date

January 16, 2016 11:07 AM EST

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What

Florida Manatee Trichechus manatus ssp. latirostris

Observer

ariana7

Date

August 23, 2016 02:42 AM EDT

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What

West Indian Manatee Trichechus manatus

Observer

brewtalizer

Date

May 19, 2013 01:09 PM EDT

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What

West Indian Manatee Trichechus manatus

Observer

rockjetty

Date

June 16, 2013 02:05 PM EDT
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Description from Wikipedia

The West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) is a manatee, and the largest surviving member of the aquatic mammal order Sirenia (which also includes the dugong and the extinct Steller's sea cow).

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Conservation Summary

  • Mexico
    En peligro de extinción (P) (Source: Norma Oficial 059)
  • United States
    Endangered (E) (Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
    Endangered (E) (Source: USFWS)
    Endangered
    • North Carolina, US
      Endangered (E) (Source: North Carolina Natural Heritage Program)
      Endangered: any native or once-native species of wild animal whose continued existence as a viable component of the State's fauna is determined by the Wildlife Resources Commission to be in jeopardy or any species of wild animal determined to be an 'endangered species' pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.
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