30 Mar '16, 6pm

Magnificent photos of manatees from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Take an armchair swim with us to a Florida reserve created specifically to protect endangered West Indian manatees. For Manatee Appreciation Day I took a look at the TreeHugger archives to see what we had on these gentle giants, and it was nothing but bad news. Manatee deaths by boat collision and cold weather and toxic algae blooms and worst of all, stupid homo sapiens trying to ride the poor things. (What is wrong with us? I ask this often.) But it's Manatee Appreciation Day, not Manatee Depression Day, so with that in mind I went to the best place for a manatee pick-me-up, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) flickr site for endangered species, where they have a beautiful set of images from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge . Without further ado, the sweetest "sea cows" around: Keith Ramos/USFWS Endangered Species /CC BY 2.0 Tracy Colson/USFWS En...

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