Florida Manatee in a Fresh Water Spring

A manatee swims in Crystal River, Florida.
Copyright © Brian Skerry

Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) swimming within a fresh water spring on Crystal River in Florida. Note the tree roots on the right of the frame which make up a portion of this unique ecosystem. Fish aggregate around the manatee and eat algae off of the manatee's body.