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New Dwarf Manatee

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 14th, 2007

A new small manatee has been discovered in South America.

Dwarf Manatee

Please click on the poster above to increase its size for easier reading.

For more information on the efforts underway to defend the manatee’s discoverer Marc Roosmalen against the allegedly fictional charges he is facing in Brazil, visit http://www.marcvanroosmalen.org/howtohelp.htm.

Thanks to Darren Naish for alerting me to this new species and Marc’s new legal defense site.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


8 Responses to “New Dwarf Manatee”

  1. dws responds:

    they so cute!

  2. zytebac responds:

    I once read a claim that in this day and age, there cannot be anymore large animals out there to be discovered, besides the stuff lurking around in the deep oceans.
    And lo and behold, they go and find a manatee, which, if it’s like its larger cousin, is not prone to evading detection.
    So what else is out there?

  3. Richard888 responds:

    Most fascinating discovery since the Ocapi?

  4. darkshines responds:

    *weeps* oh, the huge manatee!

    Oh, its actualy small……

  5. DARHOP responds:

    Very cute. It is sad that it is on the verge of extinction already.

    I wonder if BigFoot will be classified the same if ever proven real ?

  6. mystery_man responds:

    Great discovery. The only thing that worries me is that along the whole of the Amazon, right now there is only one area that seems to support a viable population of these creatures. As far as the size of the new species in contrast to their bigger freshwater cousins, it is interesting to me that while some species have adopted giganticism as a survival adaptation, still others have gone the other way with dwarfism. Both have their advantages and it is fascinating that even animals closely related will diverge into those species that have developed size and those that have lost it. The variety of ways life adjusts to the environment is truly amazing.

    As for the Amazon, I feel quite certain that we are not done seeing discoveries from there. I hold it as a prime area for having the potential to hold large creatures gliding through its murky waters. There are vast stretches that are little travelled and poorly documented. I look forward to some possibly thrilling discoveries there in the future.

  7. DWA responds:

    Um, I’m confused.

    Species? Or subspecies? Both claims seem to be made, with neither referencing the other.

    I understand “identical halotype” to mean, at best, subspecies. And when one says “sub-specific and even specific,” one is not, exactly, making a conclusive announcement of a new species.

    Still, splitting hairs can only go so far. If the pictured animal is adult, that’s a different manatee, whatever science calls it.

  8. Saint Vitus responds:

    I would say it’s a new species not a subspecies, because of the great difference in size and the fact that it has been genetically isolated for thousands of years.



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