The manatee is a large sea mammal with an egg-shaped head and flippers with a flat tail. Manatees

are also known as sea cows because of their large stature slow, and lolling nature. However, despite

their name, they are more closely related to elephants. Manatees can swim quickly and gracefully.

Manatees range in size from 8 to 13 feet or 2.4 to 4 meters. and can weigh 440 to 1,300 lbs or

200 to 590 kilograms. They have large, strong tails that power their swimming. Manatees usually

swim about 5 mph. but they can swim up to 15 mph. There are three species of manatee: the

Amazonian manatee the West Indian manatee, and the American manatee. Manatees stay in

rivers, seas and oceans along the coast of several countries. Their range is estimated to be around

2.7 million square miles. Manatees

often swim alone or in pairs and they are not territorial animals. A group of manatees is called an

aggregation. An aggregation usually never grows larger than about six manatees. Manatees are

herbivores. At sea, they tend to prefer seagrasses. Manatees also eat algae. When mating, a female

manatee, which is called a cow, will be followed around by a lot of male Manatees. Once the male has mated, though he takes no part in the raising of the young. The calf, or baby manatee, is born underwater. In five years, the young manatee will be mature and ready to have its own young.

Fun Facts manatees
  • Manatees are the ocean's largest herbivores.

  • Manatees can swim up to 20 mph

  • There are three species of manatee

  • Sailors mistook manatees for mermaids

  • Manatees can hold their breath underwater for 15 to 20 minutes

  • Manatees Eat 7-15% of Their Body Weight Each Day

  • Manatee Calves Can Stay With Their Mother for Several Years

  • Manatees Communicate With Squeaking, Squealing Sounds

  • Manatees Live Primarily Along Coastlines in Shallow Water