Gold / 2016 / Nature / Underwater

Song to the Sirens

  • Prize
    Gold in Nature/Underwater
  • Photographer
    José Javier Delgado Esteban

"Song to the Sirens" a series of images of the the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus).The Sirenia are thought to have evolved from four-legged land mammals over 60 million years ago, with the closest living relatives being the elephants.Unfortunately as with many other species The main causes of death for manatees are human-related issues, such as habitat destruction and human objects. Natural causes of death include adverse temperatures and disease.These pictures were taken at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, USA in the winter of 2015 that being a very hot one due to "El niño" many of the manatees that spent the winter in the warmer waters of the spring stayed in the golf of Mexico as waters were still warm.