WEST african manatee Pictures

 
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West African Manatee Photos Showing This Endangered Sirenian

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The West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, lives in rivers, estuaries and coastal marine environments along the west coast of Africa. They are rarely seen and the least studied of the sirenians. Occasionally eaten by crocodiles and sharks, their main predator is man, from poaching, habitat loss and other environmental hazards.

The West African adult manatee weighs less than 1100 pounds and is 10 to 13 feet long. Seasonal movements in response to changes in water level affecting availability of food and/or water salinity have been reported in several areas. An individual manatee may travel 20 miles a day through lagoons and rivers. The population decline has been attributed largely to hunting and incidental capture in fishing nets. Despite legal protection, the manatee is still hunted throughout its range. It is sometimes also killed in turbines or control gates of dams. The coastal wetlands that are a major habitat for the manatee have already been heavily damaged and are further severely threatened.

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Picture of a West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, feeding on lettuce, highly endangered

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Stock photo of a West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, highly endangered, showing round tail or fluke

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Image of a West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, highly endangered, and New Guinea soft-shelled turtle, Carettochelvs insculpta

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Photo of a West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, feeding on lettuce, highly endangered

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Picture of a West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, highly endangered

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Stock photo of a West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, highly endangered

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Image of a West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, highly endangered, feeding on lettuce

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Photo of a West African Manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, highly endangered

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