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Manatees
Manatees
Manatees Word Count: 549 In 1493, when Columbus sailed to the Americas for his second journey, he and his sailors were the first Europeans to spot the present-day manatees. Because of their amazingly humanlike appearance these ancient sailors went home telling stories of mermaids. When the Spanish came over they hunted and ate these massive beasts. Since the early 1900\'s the manatee population has dwindled severely. Finally countries and smaller organizations began taking interest in saving th