The West Indian Manatee. By Brian Shepherd. The West Indian Manatee ( Trichechus manatus latirostris ) is the aquatic relatives to the elephant. The are found only in the Caribbean and off the costs of Florida and stretching to the coast of Louisiana.
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By Brian Shepherd
The West Indian Manatee (Trichechusmanatuslatirostris) is the aquatic relatives to the elephant. The are found only in the Caribbean and off the costs of Florida and stretching to the coast of Louisiana.
Manatees were discovered in the West Indies in the 1500’s and since the finding people started hunting them for meat and oil untill they almost became extinct and Florida banded the hunting of manatees in 1893.
Manatees are migrant animals and they while they spend the summer months mostly out in the deeper sea, in the winter months manatees will stay near the coast, even traveling up rivers. This is another reason why boats are a major cause of manatee death. Wildlife sanctuaries have reserved rivers and coastline for the manatees but the trouble is not all of them migrate to those places for the winter.
Wildlife refugees for manatees have been made to give manatees a save place to spend their winter months near the coast.