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Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Florida Keys & Everglades

By Rick Ferren

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Mind Your Manatee Manners

It's estimated that there are about 2,000 sea cows, or West Indian manatees, left in the United States. About 43 percent of the endangered animals die of human-induced causes, many by collisions with boats.

Full-grown manatees reach lengths of 10 feet and weigh about 1,000 pounds. They can be found in fresh, brackish, or salt water, as long as it's above 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

While in the Florida Keys, and especially if you bring your own boat, here are a few things to know about protecting manatees, compliments of the Save the Manatee Club.

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