Rare newborn manatee twins were spotted earlier this week in Homosassa Springs, Florida with their mom.
Manatees may be a popular draw for tourists to Florida, but these beautiful creatures are still on the endangered species list. These large and docile animals are often victims of strikes from boats and personal watercraft. With fewer than 6,000 manatees remaining and only 2% of births resulting in twins, these babies really are a precious miracle.
“In the past 10 years, maybe I’ve spotted a dozen sets of twins but never once have I seen them in the springs nor have I seen a mother and her calves quite so visible in Homosassa waters,” says Ivan Vicente of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Gene Parker, a manatee tour guide, also said that she has "been doing this almost 15 years and never seen an infant, twins ever and I'm out there every day".
"Once they nurse for a month or so then they expose them to the real world of coastal Florida,” said Vicente. The manatees will remain in the coastal byways until the newborns are strong and then the mother will take them out into the Gulf of Mexico.
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