MANATEES
What is a Manatee? <ul><li>Manatees are giant warm blooded animals </li></ul><ul><li>They have 2 flippers and a giant roun...
Where can you find them?   <ul><li>Manatees enjoy warm water, so the most common place to find them are in the waters arou...
How do they breathe? <ul><li>Manatees don’t have gills like fish do so they need to come to the surface to breathe air.  <...
What do they eat? <ul><li>They graze, or fed on, plants that grow underwater </li></ul><ul><li>These plants could be thing...
Manatee Facts <ul><li>The Manatee’s closet relative is the Elephant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can tell this because manate...
More Facts <ul><li>Manatees tend to float towards the surface of the water </li></ul><ul><li>They are VERY slow movers bec...
What’s harmful to Manatees?   <ul><li>The biggest threat to Manatees is Humans </li></ul><ul><li>When using boats, you hav...
Helping Manatees <ul><li>When hurt manatees are found, they are taken to facilities that specialize in caring for them and...
Snooty <ul><li>Snooty is the oldest Manatee that we know of </li></ul><ul><li>He was the first Manatee born into captivity...
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Manatees

  1. 1. MANATEES
  2. 2. What is a Manatee? <ul><li>Manatees are giant warm blooded animals </li></ul><ul><li>They have 2 flippers and a giant round tail that they use to move around </li></ul><ul><li>They are called marine animals because they live underwater </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where can you find them? <ul><li>Manatees enjoy warm water, so the most common place to find them are in the waters around Florida. </li></ul><ul><li>They also like to live in small groups or “herds” so if you see one, chances are another is close by. </li></ul><ul><li>In the winter the best place to see Manatees is the Crystal River outside Tampa Fl. Here you even have the chance to swim with them </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do they breathe? <ul><li>Manatees don’t have gills like fish do so they need to come to the surface to breathe air. </li></ul><ul><li>They surface for air about every 15 minutes when active and about every 30 minutes when sleeping </li></ul>
  5. 5. What do they eat? <ul><li>They graze, or fed on, plants that grow underwater </li></ul><ul><li>These plants could be things such as sea weed </li></ul><ul><li>In captivity, they are fed veggies like lettuce or carrots and as an extra treat they get fruits like apples and strawberries </li></ul>
  6. 6. Manatee Facts <ul><li>The Manatee’s closet relative is the Elephant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can tell this because manatees have “fingernails” on their flippers just like elephants have on their feet. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both elephants and manatees only eat plants. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manatees are often called Sea Cows </li></ul><ul><li>There are 3 kinds of manatees known: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Dugong (pictured) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The West Indian Manatee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Florida Manatee </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. More Facts <ul><li>Manatees tend to float towards the surface of the water </li></ul><ul><li>They are VERY slow movers because of their size </li></ul><ul><li>They prefer the shallow waters like rivers and inlets rather than the depths of the oceans </li></ul><ul><li>It is because of their slowness and love of shallow waters that puts them in great harm </li></ul>
  8. 8. What’s harmful to Manatees? <ul><li>The biggest threat to Manatees is Humans </li></ul><ul><li>When using boats, you have to pay attention to signs warning you of Manatees in the area so that you can slow down for them </li></ul><ul><li>More and more manatees are killed every year by being hit by boat propellers. They are unable to get out of the way of a fast moving boat because of their size </li></ul><ul><li>They can also very easily get caught up in discarded fishing lines and get severely injured </li></ul>
  9. 9. Helping Manatees <ul><li>When hurt manatees are found, they are taken to facilities that specialize in caring for them and preparing them to be put back into the wild </li></ul>
  10. 10. Snooty <ul><li>Snooty is the oldest Manatee that we know of </li></ul><ul><li>He was the first Manatee born into captivity in Miami on July 21, 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>He has become an icon in Florida and resides at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton </li></ul>

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