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Swimming slowly through coastal waters in Florida, the Caribbean and West Africa, these gentle plant eaters, who inspired the mermaid myth, face threats throughout their range from pollution, loss of habitat and death from boat collisions and fishing gear entanglement.

 

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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