"Song to the Siren"
Very pleased our work "Song to the Siren" produced back in December 2015 in Florida USA with Zach Delgado Barter and Lisa Rackstraw has won the Gold Medal (First Prize) in Nature/Underwater category as well as an Honourable Mention Winner in the "Wildlife" category of #px3, Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016.
"Song to the Siren" a series of images of the the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus). Manatees comprise three of the four living species in the order Sirenia. The fourth is the Eastern Hemisphere's Dugong. 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.
Manatees were traditionally hunted by indigenous Caribbean people. When Christopher Columbus arrived in the region, hunting was already an established trade, although this is less common today. From manatee hides, Native Americans made war shields, canoes, and shoes, though manatees were predominantly hunted for their abundant meat.
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