Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Manatee carcasses

Manatee carcasses

Manatee carcasses from around the state are collected, examined, and compared to animals known through photo-identification. Decomposition of the carcass can affect a researcher's ability to match a carcass to a known animal. The image on the left of FM333 was taken in 2003. The image of FM333's carcass on the necropsy (animal autopsy) table was taken in 2006.

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