West Indian Manatees: Crystal River, Florida

West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus), are found from the southern United States to the northeast coast of Brazil.  Florida's manatees are a subspecies (latirostris) of the West Indian manatee. They are mammals and can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes -- when they do finally surface for air, they can fill their lungs to capacity in the blink of an eye.


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