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South Florida Aquatic Environments

Estuarine and Marine Waters



MAMMALS
West Indian Manatee
© Laurel Canty-Ehrlich, NOAA

West Indian Manatee


Estuarine and Marine Waters:

Native Fauna: Mammals

  • Dolphins and manatees reside in the waters of Florida Bay
Bottlenose dolphins (Turiops truncatus) and the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) are common in the waters of Florida Bay.

Bottlenose Dolphin
© Tobey Curtis

Bottlenose Dolphin

Raccons (Procyon lotor) and other small mammals search for food along the waters edge.

Raccoon
© Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences

Raccoon