Manatee Info

The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, is the largest of all living sirenians. Florida manatees inhabit the most northern limit of sirenian habitat. They are found in freshwater rivers, in estuaries, and in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Florida manatees may live to be greater than 28 years old in the wild, and one captive manatee, “Snooty”, has lived for 63 years. In captivity, West Indian manatees live greater than 60 years. The biggest single threat to Florida manatees is death from collisions with recreational watercraft. Large concentrations of Florida manatees are located in the Homosassa River and Crystal River area. The best time to see the manatee is in November through March.

“West Indian Manatee.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,  23 Aug. 2013.