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Five Most Googled Animals In Florida

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Manatees are remarkable marine mammals with a low metabolic rate, enabling them to survive on a diet primarily consisting of seagrasses and aquatic vegetation. Image by Noaa via Unsplash

Have you ever wondered what the most searched for animals are in Florida? I was pretty curious myself. So let’s jump right in together!

#1 Manatee

Endangered Florida Manatee Underwater. Image via Depositphotos

Manatees (Trichechus), also known as sea cows, are gentle marine mammals that inhabit the waters of Florida, particularly in the warm springs of Crystal River and Blue Spring State Park. People often search for information on manatees to learn about their habitat, behavior, and conservation status.

#2 American Alligator

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A large American alligator lifts its head out of the water in a Florida swamp. Image via Depositphotos

American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) are apex predators found throughout Florida’s freshwater habitats, including swamps, lakes, and rivers. Naturally, they are an iconic species in Florida and often attract interest from residents and tourists alike. People may search for information on alligators for safety tips, habitat information, and conservation efforts.

#3 Florida Panther

Florida Panther
Florida Panther making an appearance. Image by Priscilla Du Preez via Unsplash

The Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) is a subspecies of cougar that is native to southern Florida. It is one of the most endangered mammals in the United States, making it a subject of public interest and conservation efforts. People may search for information on Florida panthers to learn about their habitat, behavior, and conservation status.

#4 Bottlenose Dolphin

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Bottlenose dolphins swimming together. Image by Kammeran Gonzalezkeola via Unsplash

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are highly intelligent marine mammals commonly found in the coastal waters of Florida. Unsurprisingly, they are popular attractions for tourists participating in dolphin-watching tours and educational programs. People may search for information on bottlenose dolphins to learn about their behavior, habitat, and the best places to see them in Florida.

#5 Florida Black Bear

Black Bear
Black bears are excellent climbers and can ascend trees with ease, using their strong claws and agile limbs to reach heights of up to 50 ft. Image by Aaron Brewer via Pexels

Florida black bears (Ursus americanus floridanus) are a subspecies of black bear and can be found, obviously, throughout Florida, but also in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. They are the second largest animal residing in this state, after the bison, and can weigh a whopping 300 pounds (140 kg).

Wrapping Up

Manatees have specialized paddle-shaped flippers and a horizontally flattened tail, which they use to gracefully navigate through waterways with ease. Image by Debby Hudson via Unsplash

I have never seen a manatee before, it would be an absolute dream come true! I think I may need to visit Florida soon to see one for myself! If you think there should’ve been other animals included in this list, please feel free to let us know in the comments. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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