Manatees, also known as sea cows, are marine mammals that live in marshy coastal areas and rivers of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon basin and West Africa. There are currently 3 recognised living species ? Amazonian manatee, West Indian manatee and the West African manatee.
A record number of manatees have succumbed to starvation in the US state of Florida since the start of this year. It broke the previous record set in 2013, when 830 of these animals died following their exposure to harmful algae. The recent surge in deaths is attributed to the degradation of seagrass beds caused by the rising water pollution.

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