July 2013 Manatees, Florida Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Manatees swim close to the water's surface because they are air-breathing mammals. They use their stiff facial bristles to guide food into their mouths.
Alex travelled to the west coast of Florida, close to Crystal River city, in February, where the animals congregate in the winter. Here, several freshwater springs attract the manatees when their normal ocean habitat becomes too cold.
Marine biologists study the life of marine mammals. If you love the water and sea life, this would be a good career for you! In this picture is marine biologist Barbara Bernier with manatee (Trichechus sp.
Hot-Spring Hopping in Central Florida averages winter highs of has more than 240 days of sunshine a year & 700 freshwater springs. Each crystal-clear springs maintains a year-round temp of Blue Springs State Park