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Manatee Fantasea Road Show


This slide show is used with a third-grade, in-classroom presentation given to teach about manatees, their habitats and endangered status. It supports an interactive "press conference" where students …

This slide show is used with a third-grade, in-classroom presentation given to teach about manatees, their habitats and endangered status. It supports an interactive "press conference" where students as a manatee questions. Students are provided with scripted questions and the manatee or manatee expert answer these questions. As the conclusion of the program students may ask their own question. This presentation also reinforces or introductions the concept of adaptations for survival.

This program is part of the in-school programs provided by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Punta Gorda, FL.

This slide show was developed in PowerPoint and the automatic progressions or animations may not be retained in the Slide Share version.

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  • 1. Manatee Fantasea Road Show How Slide Show is Used. • • • • • This program is used with a third-grade, in-classroom presentation. Students act as reporters at a news conference where a manatee (puppet is used) is interviewed. Students are provided with questions and these slides support the scripted questions/answers. Questions/answers provide students with information about manatees, their habitat and endangered status. They also provide information about adaptation and help students understand adaptation better. At the conclusion of the scripted questions, students may ask their own manatee questions. The first opening slides are used to be sure students understand the pronunciation of the scientific name for manatees and review their understanding of what an adaptation is. Script for slideshow was originally developed by Monica Dorken and this slide show was developed by Eileen Tramontana. Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center 10941 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 941-575-5435
  • 2. Trichechus (trick-cake-us) manatus (man-a-tuss) Latirostris (lat-i-ros-tris)
  • 3. Adaptation Characteristic, that allows an individual to better survive in its environment
  • 4. Original European settlers thought manatees were mermaids
  • 5. Size • 10 feet Long • Between 800 to 1300 pounds • Dense bones • Females larger than males Q1 A
  • 6. Dense Bones help to submerge or go underwater Q1 B
  • 7. Eyes •Both side of head •Near-sighted •Sees only blue, green and grey Q2 A
  • 8. Nictitating Membrane • Inner membrane like swim goggles • Protect eyes Q2 B
  • 9. Nostrils Flaps or valves that close to keep water out. Q3
  • 10. Lungs •Whole length of body •Help to float •Lots of muscles on both side to help breath in and out quickly. Q4
  • 11. Mouth/Lips • Use similar to elephant’s trunk • Hairs used too Q5
  • 12. Teeth • Two rows on top and bottom • 6 to 8 teeth in each row • Replaced as they wear downQ6
  • 13. Feeding • • • • Special digestive system to digest plants Gland with mucus to coat sand 10 to 15% of body weight Or, 100 to 150 pound per day Q7
  • 14. Food Turtle Grass Manatee Grass Q8
  • 15. • Wrinkled skin • Grey color Q9 A
  • 16. Camouflage Something (such as color or shape) that makes an animal difficult to see in the area around it. Q9 B
  • 17. Flippers • Steer with 2 front flippers • Use to hold food Q10 A
  • 18. Tail • Moves up and down • Usually swims about 3 to 4 mph Q10 B
  • 19. Nails • Like elephant cousin • Put food in mouth Q11
  • 20. Hearing • Tiny ear opening behind eyes • Sound waves enter jaw • Hairs on body Ear Bone Q12
  • 21. Sounds • Chirp, whistle, or squeak • Usually between mother and calf Q13
  • 22. Submerging • Up to 15 to 20 minutes at one time • Normal heart rate 50-60 beats per minute • Slow heart rate to 8 beats per minute or every 7.5 seconds. Q14
  • 23. Life Span Up to 50 years if stays healthy Q15
  • 24. How many left? • 2011: 4, 834 left • 2012: 829 died. Highest mortality was are Brevard and Lee counties Q15
  • 25. How can you Help?
  • 26. Don’t throw fishing line or litter in the water.
  • 27. Watch but don’t harass.
  • 28. Be careful when boating.