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Swimming slowly through coastal waters in Florida, the Caribbean, and West Africa, manatees can cover up to 25 miles in a day. These gentle plant eaters, who inspired the mermaid myth, are endangered throughout their range by human activity.


Making Manatees Safer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will establish a year-round manatee refuge in Kings Bay, which hosts the largest natural concentration of manatees in Florida—and was until recently one of the most dangerous places for manatees.

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