M Is For Manatee
The manatee is an endangered sea mammal related to the Hyrax and the elephant. Most often found in the Southeastern part of the US, they are losing their watery homes thanks to human development and injuries suffered due to interactions with recreational boaters.
An Underwater Shot of a Pair of Florida Manatees
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Manatees are large, slow-moving sea mammals sometimes nicknamed "sea cows." They are gray to brown in color and live in shallow and slow-moving coastal waters, rivers and estuaries. They range from the southern coast of North American down along Central America to the north coasts of South America.
Species include West Indian manatees, West African and Amazonian. They are also related to dugongs.
In the US, you most often hear about manatees in Florida. Conservationists and land developers have fought over land that is the manatees home. Many rules are in place to protect these gentle animals who are often victims of boating accidents with careless recreational boaters.
What do Manatees eat?
Manatees are plant-eaters (herbivores) who eat up to 150 lbs of water grasses and plants per day.
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Learn About Manatees
- Manatee Printout- EnchantedLearning.com
Manatees are aquatic mammals that live their lives in the warm, shallow waters on the coast and in canals. They breathe air through nostrils into their lungs, and can stay underwater for up to 20 minutes.
- Save the Manatee Club
West Indian manatees are large, gray aquatic mammals with bodies that taper to a flat, paddle-shaped tail. They have two forelimbs, called flippers, with three to four nails. Their head and face are wrinkled with whiskers on the snout. The manatee's
- The Magnificent Manatee
Manatees and dugongs are marine mammals of the order Sirenia. They originated in the middle Eocene period around 45 to 50 million years ago. They are gentle, plant-eating herbivores sometimes nicknamed "sea cows". The name manatee comes from the Hait
- Manatees and Dugongs
Manatees and dugongs are large, gentle animals that spend their whole lives in the water. They are mammals and need to breathe air like you and me.
- Manatee -- Kids' Planet
Manatees range in color from gray to brown. They use their two small front flippers to crawl along ocean or river bottoms. Their flat, horizontal tails are pumped up and down to move them along. Despite their small eyes and lack of outer ears, manate
- MANATEE - Website For Manatee Watchers
Learn more about the animal we came to meet and document - basic information, history, and efforts to protect the endangered gentle-beast of the deep.