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The West Indian manatee is a large, gray-brown,
aquatic mammal with a seal-like body tapering to a flat, paddle-shaped tail. Two
small forelimbs on the upper body have three to four nails on each end. The head
is wrinkled and the face has large prehensile lips with stiff whiskers
surrounding the nasal cavity flaps.
They are members of the Order Sirenia
found worldwide in temperate or tropical coastal waters.
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