Amazonian Manatee (Trichechus inunguis) from Amazonian Peru.
The Amazonian Manatee, Trichechus inunguis, can grow to lengths of 2.8 meters and weigh as much as 500kg. They inhabit the Amazon, its tributaries, and there is an isolated population on the Essiquibo River in Guyana. Trapped in large fishing nets and wounded by boat impacts (propeller damage), these gentile giants are often damaged or killed in such incidents. A rescue center exists in Iquitos, Peru where wounded animals are rehabilitated and then released.
The Amazonian manatee is a species of manatee of the order Sirenia. It is found living in the freshwater habitats of the Amazon Basin in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Venezuela. Though, it is estimated if current harvest levels are mainainted in Ecuador, it will be gone within 10-15 years. Its color is grey, but sometimes appears to be a brownish grey. It has thick, wrinkled skin, and is almost hairless, but has "whiskers" around its mouth. It also has a distinct white breast patch,.. more