The West Indian manatee is one of three manatees and four sea cows (along with the dugong) alive today. West Indian manatees, also known as Florida manatees, prefer warm water and undergo long, annual migrations between warm, winter areas and productive, summer areas. Populations are depleted in some places and regionally extinct in others, and West Indian manatees are vulnerable to extinction. Without careful management of the human activities that threaten this species, it could be lost from more places.
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