Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, endangered. A documented orphan male manatee calf floats above a warm blue freshwater springhead. He appears quite rotund as he has been observed nursing off more than one female. An Atlantic needlefish, Strongylura marina, swims next to him. Other manatee rest in the background. An undisturbed scene with manatees warming by natural warm water springs that they need to survive. Horizontal orientation with blue water and rainbow sun rays. Three Sisters Springs, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Kings Bay, Crystal River, Citrus County, Florida USA.
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