Manatees - A Unique Aquatic Mammal

Written sometime in 2019

Manatees are aquatic mammals that have a flat, paddle-like tail and two forelimbs, or flippers.


An adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds.


Manatees live in saltwater bays, estuaries, shallow, slow-moving rivers, and coastal areas. In the U.S, they mostly live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.


Manatees usually swim from 3 to 5 miles an hour, but can swim 20mph in short bursts. They are mammals, so they go to the surface of the water to get air about every 5 minutes. When they are resting, they can go 20 minutes without surfacing for air.


Manatees have no natural predators, and can live up to 60 years or more. One reason they die is because of humans. Mostly it's when watercraft collide with the manatees, and other times it's because they are drowned in canal locks, ingestion of fish hooks, and litter. The most serious threat facing manatees is habitat loss.

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Chubby Squirrel is a huge fan of manatees and gets #savethemanatee calendars almost every year.