GIVE THANKS TO MANATEES!
November is Manatee Appreciation Month and we’re giving thanks to these gentle creatures today with fun fact and pictures! Who else wants to smooch those sweet faces?
- Manatees are also called sea cows. These sea cows are distance relatives of Ellie’s!
- They live in coastal waters and rivers in Southern Coastal United States, South America and Western Africa. There are 3 species of manatees.
- They have strong flat tails they use to swim!
- Their nostrils sit on top to help them breathe air.
- Manatees are herbivores. They eat algae and grasses.
- They can eat 1/10th of their weight in a day.
- They can weigh up to 1,300 lbs.
- These slow swimmers have very little blubber to keep them warm. They must stay in waters above 68 degrees to survive.
- Manatees are endangered, due to pollution- getting caught in trash, hunting and boating accidents.
We know we appreciate manatees and we sure hope you do too! Let’s give thanks by keeping our oceans and waterways clean!