Michael Patrick O'Neill and his brother, Joe, were swimming in Crystal River, Florida, when they saw something pretty distressing — a young 3-year-old wild manatee with four long scars stretched across his torso. It looked like the manatee had been struck by a boat propeller.
"It's heartbreaking, to say the least," O'Neill, a wildlife photographer, told The Dodo. "To start life this way is just not right. I think he was just lounging or swimming near the surface and he got nailed."