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