Manatee Fact Sheet:Manatees are sometimes called sea cows, and their languid pace lendsmerit to the comparison. However, d...
Discussion:Describe the similarities and differences between the Dugong and Manatee using the factsheets and photos.______...
Draw sketches of a Manatee and Dugong:(Be sure to label each animal)
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Manatee fact sheet

  1. 1. Manatee Fact Sheet:Manatees are sometimes called sea cows, and their languid pace lendsmerit to the comparison. However, despite their massive bulk, they aregraceful swimmers in coastal waters and rivers. Powering themselveswith their strong tails, manatees typically glide along at 5 miles (8kilometers) an hour but can swim 15 miles (24 kilometers) an hour inshort bursts.Manatees are usually seen alone, in pairs, or in small groups of a half dozen or fewer animals. From above thewaters surface, the animals nose and nostrils are often the only thing visible. Manatees never leave the water but,like all marine mammals, they must breathe air at the surface. A resting manatee can remain submerged for up to 15minutes, but while swimming, it must surface every three or four minutes.There are three species of manatee, distinguished primarily by where they live. One manatee population rangesalong the North American east coast from Florida to Brazil. Other species inhabit the Amazon River and the westcoast and rivers of Africa.Manatees are born underwater. Mothers must help their calves to the surface so that they can take their first breath,but the infants can typically swim on their own only an hour later.Manatee calves drink their mothers milk, but adults are voracious grazers. They eat water grasses, weeds, andalgae—and lots of them. A manatee can eat a tenth of its own massive weight in just 24 hours.Manatees are large, slow-moving animals that frequent coastal waters and rivers. These attributes make themvulnerable to hunters seeking their hides, oil, and bones. Manatee numbers declined throughout the last century,mostly because of hunting pressure. Today, manatees are endangered. Though protected by laws, they still facethreats. The gentle beasts are often accidentally hit by motorboats in ever more crowded waters, and sometimesbecome entangled in fishing nets.Map Fast Facts Type: Mammal Diet: Herbivore Average life span in the wild: 40 yearsManatee Range Size: 8 to 13 ft (2.4 to 4 m) Weight: 440 to 1,300 lbs (200 to 600 kg) Protection status: Endangered Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
  2. 2. Discussion:Describe the similarities and differences between the Dugong and Manatee using the factsheets and photos.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. 3. Draw sketches of a Manatee and Dugong:(Be sure to label each animal)

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