Sea Cow or Mermaid?

Mar 24, 2020
Sea Cow or Mermaid?

The last Wednesday in March is dedicated to Manatees.

These gracious sea cows are thought to be the source of the legendary mermaid tales told by fisherman.

Meet the manatees:

10 Fun & Interesting Facts About Manatee

  1. Manatees are thought to have evolved 60 million years ago from 4 legged land mammals.

  2. There are 3 species of manatees, West African, West Indian and Amazonian. The West Indian manatees are divided into two subspecies, the Florida manatee and Caribbean manatee. 

  3. Manatees are around 4 ft - 4.5 ft and weigh between 60 lbs and 70 lbs when they are born. They grow to around 10 ft in length and weigh up to 1,300 lbs!

  4. Their lungs are found at the top of their bodies and run along the spine, acting like a floatation device! They can use their rib cage muscles to compress their lung volume and make themselves more dense. They do this even whilst sleeping!

  5. Manatees never leave the water, and they remain mostly submerged all the time. Like all marine mammals they do need to surface for air, so often you will be able to spot their noses just about the surface. They need to surface every 3 - 4 minutes when they are swimming, but when resting they only need to surface every 15 minutes.

  6. Usually you will see a manatee cruising along at around 5 mph but they are capable of using their strong, paddle-like tails to reach 15 mph for short bursts. 

  7. West Indian Manatees are protect under the Manatee Sanctuary Act, and thanks to conservation efforts their numbers are increasing. In 2012 a woman was arrested in Florida for riding a manatee!

  8. The manatee has no natural predator. However, humans have created a number of problems for them pushing them onto the endangered list. Many deaths of manatees are due to vessel collisions, as they are slow moving they often don't have time to get out of the way of speeding boats.

  9. A great way to spot manatees is to look out for their 'footprint'. When a manatee swims it creates and oval shaped ripple!

  10. Mother manatees give birth to a single calf every 2 - 5 years. They carry their young for around 12 months and the calf will then stay with their mother for 1 - 2 years to learn the routes to travel for food and resting areas.

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