We are not sure what the bigger story here is: the discovery of a new species of tiny adorable river manatee or the fact that this happened in July and we just learned about it last week! Anyway, these critters were discovered by a pioneering Amazonian biologist by the name of Marc van Roosmalen and covered by Darren Naish of Tetrapod Zoology a few months back. Tetrapod is kind of the better researched, actually informative, articulate and all around nerdier version of Zooillogix.
As the story goes, Marc came across the skull of a dwarf manatee and, suspecting it was a new species, searched for it for two years before finding a living specimen. Upon locating a couple, he fenced in a portion of the river and studied them in their natural habitat for four months. Like its saltwater brethren, the dwarf river manatee lives mostly off aquatic plants but hopes someday to land a lucrative career as a pet in Japan. Much more info can be found on Marc’s site.
Ungainly out of the water, the dwarf river manatee is pretty much ungainly in the water as well
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