Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Florida Manatee

Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) range throughout Florida waters and individuals can move long distances seasonally. Issues endangering manatees include death from human-related and natural causes and habitat loss.
Report a distressed or dead manatee.





FWC Facts:
Manatees feed for 6 to 8 hours daily, consuming about 4 to 9 percent of their body weight in wet vegetation, such as seagrass and other aquatic plants.

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